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Minimalist Linux desktops

Mar 29, 2010, 18:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

"Lightweight desktops have a multitude of uses, on netbooks, for mobile devices, for older hardware, for users with limited requirements of their systems, for connecting to applications in the cloud, and for bare knuckled programmers who prefer to work closer to the metal.

"Puppy lightweight Linux. Vergrößern The most popular desktops for Linux – KDE and GNOME – are are equal to the demands of most users, but if you are a sysadmin or programmer who does most of his or her work in a shell, or on the command line through vim or vi or Emacs, your demands of a desktop environment or a window manager may be relatively limited. A fully-featured desktop environment may, perversely, sometimes get in the way of useful work.

"For such users a minimalist window manager becomes desirable because it gives the ability to open multiple shells, to test and run programs and simultaneously browse files or the web, read mail or play games - but does away with the need for the unused extras, hidden libraries and add-ons, surplus menu options, applets and panels which may be seen as superfluous to the main objective, of getting your work done."

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