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Re: Request for window manager recommendations

--- Adam Funk <a24061@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Educate me: what's the difference?

A Desktop Environment provides a full framework of integrated
applications (such as a file manager, office applications, etc.) that
all share the same theme.  Often common options applied to one program,
will affect the other components, because they're related.

A Window Manager, on the other hand, does just that -- it manages
windows.  It doesn't dictate a file manager -- if you want one, you can
use one.  There's no interoperability or common functions shared
between programs, like there is with DEs.  It certainly provides a
great deal more flexibility.

So in that way, WMs are much faster, and most WMs are damn good at
managing the windows mapped to them.

-- Thomas Adam

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