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Canada Computes: Window managers: Finding Enlightenment for Linux

Jul 18, 2000, 12:56 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Coe)

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"...There are an inordinate number of window managers for Linux out there. While you are stuck with what you're given in Windows, in Linux there are lots of choices, so mos people should be able to find their ideal manager. I can think of six different, and reasonably decent, window managers without even trying."

"One point I should make is, while many people believe they are, GNOME and similar applications, are not window managers. They are applications that run on TOP of an existing window manager and provide additional functionality to the manager. They also force a system performance trade-off on lower machines."

"For this review, I'm going to cover my window manager of choice, Enlightenment, available from the Enlightenment website. Enlightenment is the default window manager that is installed with the GNU object modelling environment (GNOME) in most Linux distributions, so a lot of people's experience with Enlightenment (or E) has been with GNOME. This is more than a little unfair, as E is a fantastic window manager without GNOME running on it. I decided to try it back in January when the K desktop environment (KDE) was hogging my system and causing major instability."

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