Desktop <not a tech question, opinion question>

NoOp glgxg at
Wed Sep 2 00:30:51 UTC 2015

On 8/30/2015 12:33 PM, Scott Blair wrote:
> On 08/30/2015 02:32 PM, silver.bullet at wrote:
>> On Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:28:31 -0400, Scott Blair wrote:
>>> I am running Ubuntu 14.04. I'm kind of bored with the desktop. I was
>>> thinking of switching to a different one. Any suggestions?
>> Hi,
>> what to suggest depends to your needs and work-flow.
>> Instead of running a desktop environment I prefer a window manager
>> without a desktop environment.
>> You could test jwm and openbox. I prefer openbox over jwm and my
>> preferred panels are fbpanel and lxpanel.
>> By default jwm has a nice panel included, but you also could use
>> another panel for jwm too.
>> The clearly best terminal emulation is roxterm, what ever desktop
>> environment or window manager you'll use.
>> File managers are a matter of taste, my recommendation are spacefm and
>> rodent, while AFAIK rodent is not available by the repositories, but by
>> a DEB package provided by upstream.
>> Pluma and sublime text are nice editors.
>> If you wish to use a desktop environment, you perhaps should test Xfce4.
>> I dislike KDE, GNOME and it's forks Cinnamon and Mate, but Mate at least
>> provides nice applications, such as pluma and engrampa. Btw Xfce4's
>> xfce4-power-manager and xfce4-appfinder are nice for usage with window
>> mangers too.
>> You could take a look at Razor and LXDE, they aren't my taste, but
>> other users like them.
>> What desktop environment are you using at the moment and what do you
>> dislike of that desktop environment? It's easier to recommend another DE
>> or a WM, if you would answer this question.
>> Do you have already a few apps you won't miss? You should mention them.
>> They might be based on GTK or Qt and that might have impact to the DE
>> or WM to recommend.
>> Are you a terminal user or do you prefer to e.g. use file managers over
>> a terminal? Features such as automount comes to mind. You might want it
>> or you hate it etc..
>> Some users love Enlightenment, I hate it.
>> Some users like tiling window managers, such as ion and awsome,
>> depending to your needs, thy might be a good solution.
>> Resume
>> To recommend DEs and/or WMs and apps you need to provide more
>> information about your work-flow and how experienced you are with using
>> Linux.
>> Regards,
>> Ralf
> You have given me a lot to look at, thank you. I'm running Unity right now.
> I really use Facebook and search on stuff. I am retired so it is my home
> system. I am no longer a gamer, gotten old, reaction time to slow to play
> FPS any more, although I do play some games on Steam. I do a lot of email.
> I also do a lot of stuff for the Marine Corps League, mostly in LibreOffice.
> I am starting to use Gimp more too. I do have VirtualBox installed, mostly
> to keep up on Microsoft operating systems for my friends. I have tried to
> install Ubuntu 14.04 in VirtualBox, but it will only allow a 800 x 600 
> resolution.
> I installed the Guest additions and it didn't help. You mentioned windows

Works for me in both VirtualBox and VMWare (Player):

$ uname -a
Linux g-virtual-machine 3.19.0-25-generic #26~14.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Fri Jul
24 21:18:00 UTC 2015 i686 athlon i686 GNU/Linux

g at g-virtual-machine:~$ xdpyinfo  | grep dimensions
  dimensions:    1366x681 pixels (361x180 millimeters)

> manager instead of desktop environment. I will look into that also. To be
> honest, I am OK with the way Unity works and have gotten use to it. I'm
> just bored with it and looking to change it. I love using the terminal, 
> with it
> I feel I have more control, even though that is probably not the case. I 
> have
> been using Ubuntu steady since 8.04 came out. I did use Linux, back in the
> 90s, running Slackware, then Red Hat 4.0 I believe it was 4.0, when it was
> free, but at the time, I couldn't run my games that I played in Linux, so I
> went back to Windows.

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