How to switch the window manager

Juanma Barranquero jbarranquero at
Sun Sep 4 17:22:26 UTC 2005

On 9/4/05, Lee Braiden <lee_b at> wrote:

> It's in the menu when you are about to finish logging in with GDM.

Well, it is not, I don't know why.

> I would recommend using Sawfish/Sawmill though, if you're unhappy with
> Metacity. Most GNOME people used that previously, and it's still sort of
> recognised as the "featureful" metacity.

Thanks, I'll give it a try too.

> Pre-E17 enlightenment is pretty old these days.

I don't want to install a beta window manager, interesting as E17
seems to be, so E16 is like a stopgap measure. But I will try other
window managers before settling on one (assuming I can get them
running :-)

> p.s.: KDE's window manager is VERY powerful, and integrated with the
> rest of the desktop ;)

To tell the truth, I *did* try the KDE/KWin combo (I installed
kubuntu-desktop for a while). Nice but... *very* unstable to me. Half
the time, kdesu refused to give me access to the control panel items
(it just failed, with no message; it was not an issue of me getting
the password wrong), and I had a very big problem with kbuildsycoca,
which ran every two/three seconds and dumped a bunch of warnings on
.xsession-errors about some packages having declared unrecognized mime

I would've loved for KDE to work right, but it was unusable. After a
little while, the sound of the hard disk when kbuildsycoca started was
getting on my nerves :-)

(Now, if someone knows how to fix that problem, I would be willing to
give KDE another try, of course; I asked on kubuntu-users and got no
answer, though, so I kind of assumed is not a common problem.)


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