Re: For Dummies please.....
I'll have a go, and as always stand ready to be corrected:
Originally Posted by wakou
KDE, Gnome, XFCE etc are desktop environments. You can install two or more of them concurrently and switch between them but they come with different sets of default applications for various standard tasks and your menus might get a bit cluttered by having several file managers, CD burners, etc.
Compiz, Metacity, and Kwin are window managers. They provide the basic window operations as well as special effects (from exploding or wobbly windows to the famous cube). They can be themed for their overall appearance, and further modified by using specific window decorations (as provided by Emerald under Compiz, Aurorae under Kwin, etc).
Desktop Manager??? Pass.
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