OT: lightweight DE's

Alan Dacey GrokIt at ajinfosearch.com
Wed Apr 15 00:38:19 UTC 2009

Nigel Ridley wrote:
> I'm running Jaunty Beta -- up-to-date and KDE 4.2 looks great etc. However, running all the 
> latest and greatest on a laptop where one needs to conserve battery power from time to time, a 
> bloated DE (desktop environment) such as KDE 4.2 is not really desirable. I have Desktop Effects 
> turned off and still Xorg is using more CPU's than it ever did on Hardy.
> I know that this is still Beta but I'm beginning to think that it's all getting a bit too heavy.
> I recently installed 'gOS 3.1 Gadgets' (http://www.thinkgos.com/gos/index.html) on my boy's 
> [older] box and it runs really sweet. It uses the LXDE (http://lxde.sourceforge.net/install.html) 
> DE and I see that it is available for Kubuntu pre Jaunty.
> I might be persuaded to change  but I still really need, and like, several KDE apps.
> I have looked at Xubuntu but I don't like the XFCE DE (there are problems getting it to change 
> keyboard layouts for other languages).
> Does anyone know if LXDE will run under Jaunty and if there are debs available (for Jaunty)? I 
> did try Googling but only came up with debs for Intrepid and prior.
> Blessings,
> Nigel
You can just install the XFCE desktop and run that as default.  You will still 
have all the KDE apps ready and usable.  I do that on an old laptop and it 
definitely runs faster.  I never did any real testing, so your mileage may vary. 
    They even tried to make Xubuntu 9.04 better looking.


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