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MLUG.ca: Peering into the Black Box

Jan 14, 2002, 10:56 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Tatham)
"If you've used Linux for any length of time you've probably experimented with some of the many Window Managers that are available. One of the great things about Linux is that we have lots of choices and we can create our own environments suited to our own needs and whims.

Almost everyone is familiar with the major desktop environments like KDE and GNOME; and most of us have some experience with the more popular Window Managers such as Enlightenment, ICEwm or WindowMaker . These are all excellent works to be sure, but there is one that is sometimes overlooked that may merit more attention, namely, Blackbox.

Although my own machine is fairly capable (800 mhz processor with 512 mb memory) I find both KDE and GNOME take some time to load. For some, this may not be an issue but I have other family members who use my machine and logging in and out occurs frequently. But Blackbox is virtually "instant-on" - it only takes a second to start and another for the smoke to clear (X is already running with KDM). Everything else seems painfully slow in comparison and I've become spoiled with the speed. Of course there are lots of other fast Window Managers, but many of these are rather featureless - minimalist in the extreme."

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