[CS-FSLUG] Theory Exercise: Stable Desktop

Jon Glass jonglass at usa.net
Wed Dec 31 18:00:08 CST 2008

On Wed, Dec 31, 2008 at 6:41 PM, Ed Hurst <ehurst at soulkiln.org> wrote:
> mong the options would be forking a current project at some "really good"
> release point and keeping it there (say, KDE 3.1.5), resurrecting some long
> forgotten favorite (CDE?), or adapting some ideas and building a whole new
> project (a la Xfce).

Why the Gnome and KDE love here? Why not get a bit more daring.
There's LXDE, but maybe it's not stable enough yet, but lower on the
food chain, there's icewm. It's quite capable, though a bit reliant on
text files for configuration, but you want stable, right?

I suppose you could go right into Puppy and its jwm wm. It's also very
stable, especially Puppy 3. And it is _highly_ customizable for
building a distro off of. But since you are hypothetical, I suppose
that this isn't what you are looking for. For myself, while Gnome and
KDE are nice (I use KDE with X11 on my Pismo, and Gnome right now on
my Wind), I miss using icewm, and keep wondering if I shouldn't redo
Ubuntu from the commandline, and build up a barebones icewm. I had few
problems with that on the Dell--none, in fact, other than a bad hard
drive. But the Dell prefers Puppy. ;-) I really think that if you want
stability, you will need to abandon any of the mainstream DEs, and
stick with windows managers.

 -Jon Glass
Krakow, Poland
<jonglass at usa.net>

"I don't believe in philosophies. I believe in fundamentals." --Jack Nicklaus

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