wdm? as login manager and other lightweight apps.
lggagnon at uniserve.com
Thu Dec 1 02:43:35 UTC 2005
Hello to all on the xubuntu list. I work with a small charity which
refurbishes older computers to donate to clients who cannot afford a
computer. We will be migrating to Linux from Win98SE sometime next year.
xubuntu is on the top of our list as a distro to load on these older
computers - partly due to its ease of install, ubuntu server base,
apt/Debian base and lightweight desktop environment which is newbie
friendly. Any distro using Gnome or KDE is out of the question on these
I am a firm believer in lightweight applications and a fast system. So
many Linux distros nowadays are bloated. Personally I run VectorLinux on
quite a fast machine and it has blown every other distro I have tried
out of the water as far as speed goes. However, VL is not probably
appropriate as a beginners distro.
I sincerely hope the xubuntu developers will maintain the philosophy of
including only lightweight gtk-based applications for its release on CD.
It makes no sense to include heavyweight applications which the user can
easily install later if required. xubuntu has a niche that can be filled
- there is no sense trying to be a distro for everyone and try to
include popular heavyweight applications. One must also remember that
those in search of a lightweight distro probably have an older computer
and may also be on a dialup connection. Keeping the download size as
small as possible is also important.
BTW did you think of using "wdm" as the X display manager (
http://voins.program.ru/wdm/ ). It is based on xdm, but is considerably
nicer looking and easier to configure.
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