OT: lightweight DE's

marc gmane at auxbuss.com
Wed Apr 15 22:33:48 UTC 2009

Nigel Ridley said...
> marc wrote:
> > Nigel Ridley said...
> >> marc wrote:
> >>> Nigel Ridley said...
> > 
> >>>> 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.
> >>> Just installed this on Jaunty and it works a treat. It even has suspend 
> >>> on the "Leave" dialogue :-)
> >>>
> >>> All the KDE apps I tried worked okay.
> >>>
> >> You installed LXDE on Jaunty?
> > 
> > Yes.
> > 
> >> Was it a deb or did you install from the tar.gz?
> > 
> > # aptitude install lxde
> > 
> > It's in universe/x11
> > 
> It installed very nicely and I played around with it for about an hour.
> The main issue I had with it was I couldn't get it to connect to my wireless router without first 
> having to open [KDE] System Settings > Network Management > Wireless tab and then edit the router 
> connection and close it. Bit of a pain in the proverbial....

I dumped NM about ten minutes after loading Jaunty. Doesn't work 
anywhere here.

> The other thing that I missed was KDE's ability to not only reopen previously opened apps (on a 
> logout/login shutdown/start) but to also remember which desktops the 'belong' to.

Yup, remembering the session is excellent. 

> I must admit to being spoiled by KDE ;-)

If you use the features, you really miss them elsewhere.
> Anyway, LXDE is very nice and fast; has some great features and loads of possibilities (I just 
> checked on my boy's box running gOS (uses LXDE) and gOS has got some custom and/or plugins that 
> make the whole desktop very polished. Perhaps Canonical could do the same with Xubuntu.

I'm treating myself to a netbook - so cheap now, especially without the 
Windows tax - and may well give gOS a spin. Did you also take a look at 
their "Cloud" idea. That would probably be ideal for 95% of my non-tech 
friends and family.

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