Ion3 a good light GUI.
j.markoll at free.fr
Fri Jan 6 05:24:31 UTC 2006
Hello to all,
I wanted to say and remind to all who have more or less trouble with the
speed and efficiency of their machine, that under Linux distributions we
can have multiple GUI's installed and login either on one or on the other.
I installed Ion3 a few weeks ago already now, and when running several
greedy applications at same time, such as Thunderbird, Firefox, plus
Blender and Galeon, just now, Ion3 allows my machine not to get stocked
with a freezed GUI.
I just changed session and not even necessery to start the connexion
again, it's all in the same state where I left the other session, except
for the GUI.
To start under Ion3 the command is F12 which leads to a very small menu
from which I run a terminal. (Menu/Programs/Run a terminal, menu
navigation with arrows and with the escape key) I don't use any of the
tricks of the key bindings and not even splitting windows.
The terminal takes the whole screen as well as the application's
interfaces, and it is very comfortable. I have to remember what
applications are installed, or I run Synaptic incase I need to check
about one. Particularly as apps and commands for apps don't always have
the same name :(
To open one more tab it's with mouse or with Ctrl+Shift, and all
applications open in new tabs beside one to the other. To close an app a
right click on one tab offers menus, among which 'close tab'.
Nothing more easy, elegant, and light! :)
No, it's not difficult tu run for a newbie. My 5 years old son starts
learning to write in Ion3. He invokes 'pingus', 'supertux', and
'ppracer', he just comes to me and ask 'and after, which letter is it ?'
To browse the files I use once the terminal, once Konqueror, that I
installed alone without Kde. I invoque 'konqueror &' the '&' allowing to
keep the process in background, but it does not always free the
terminal, curiously in this case. Never mind, many tabs can be opened in
the same window.
My machine has 512 Mo memory that I have tested twice with the Gimp
torture test successfully. The very greedy I see when running qps (which
is nice and light) are Gnome, and Xorg. So Xorg I can't change, but
Gnome is good enough to do things like listen to music and surf on the
web, not much more on 'only' 512 Mo, appearently (I already commented
two tty over 4 in the /etc/inittab file, a few days ago, to gain a little).
Under Ion3 also I can listen to music, but I'm not used to do everything
with it yet. A matter of habbits :)
Best greetings, Joyce Markoll.
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