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Re: Overwhelmed newbie

I have a copy of Knoppix (don't think it's the latest) that I am poking at to get a feel for Linux.  I will have to try and find where to change the windows manager.

Fritz Brown

----- Original Message -----
From: "Roberto C. Sanchez" <roberto@familiasanchez.net>
To: "Andy Streich" <andy@rushyglen.com>
Subject: Re: Overwhelmed newbie
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2005 20:51:20 -0400

> On Fri, Sep 16, 2005 at 05:16:32PM -0700, Andy Streich wrote:
> > On Friday 16 September 2005 12:55 pm, Kjetil Kjernsmo wrote:
> > > > Most importantly, this is _debian_-user.  If you want to advocate
> > > > other distributions willy-nilly, it's not the place.
> > > > That kind of isolationism is something I think you will find 
> > very little > support for in the free software community. I think 
> > most people will > agree that we want to direct people to what is 
> > best for them.
> >
> > I am also an overwhelmed newbie, one who could not have been 
> > using Debian for the last 9 months without the kind (and 
> > sometimes terse and abrupt) help from people on this list.  It 
> > takes a remarkable amount of dedication and time to become 
> > comfortable configuring a desktop Debian system on a machine with 
> > modest resources where you can't run KDE or GNOME without a 
> > significant performance problem.  The choice of window managers 
> > for a desktop systems is, to really go out on a limb, fairly 
> > important.  The best advice I've gotten is that I should just 
> > start installing and trying out all the others.  That's not too 
> > appealing but I accept the reality.
> >
> > I keep staring at my Ubuntu disks and wondering if I should 
> > switch horses.  Yet I can't begin to estimate the costs involved 
> > -- in terms of my time and in the quality and maintainability of 
> > the resulting system.  Would a few months of using Ubuntu cause 
> > me to come running back to Debian?  I have no idea.
> >
> > Any pointers to useful reading material would be appreciated.
> >
> If you are interested in trying out a multitude of window managers, I
> would get a Knoppix DVD (or CD if the DVD will not work for you).  That
> way you can try out the 5 or six different window managers that are
> part of Knoppix without going through the overhead of installing and
> uninstalling each individually.  If you are accustomed to Windows and
> want something similar, then IceWM is probably adequate.  If you want
> something with maximum flexibility then something like WindowMaker (my
> personal favorite) or Fluxbox or Enlightenment would probably work for
> you.
> -Roberto
> --
> Roberto C. Sanchez
> http://familiasanchez.net/~roberto
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