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    Default What are the heavy desktop enviroments up to that the light ones aren't?

    I've been trying every distro & desktop environment in an attempt to figure out what I like. I sort-of like KDE4 on Opensuse, but, I wonder if XFCE or E17 wouldn't be better for my laptop. KDE4 has been a little unstable (related to OpenGl screensaver and some desktop plasmoids hanging things). However, I don't really know what KDE or Gnome have to offer that the "lighter" enviros don't. Will the wireless not connect?

    All the discussions & reviews I can find are about "full featured"-ness or the presence of apps for this or that. But I don't see what the big deal is. As long as the basics work, I think I can install a mix of XFCE, Gtk & Qt apps and expect everything to work. I'm hoping somone with some serious perspective on the actual services provided by the heavy environments can comment on what breaks on the lighter ones.

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    Default Re: What are the heavy desktop enviroments up to that the light onesaren't?

    On 2011-05-27 20:06, X61 usr wrote:
    > As long as the basics work, I think I can install a mix of
    > XFCE, Gtk & Qt apps and expect everything to work. I'm hoping somone
    > with some serious perspective on the actual services provided by the
    > heavy environments can comment on what breaks on the lighter ones.


    Integration.

    Like being able to paste something in an app, and paste in another. As far
    as I know, only plain text will always work.

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    Default Re: What are the heavy desktop enviroments up to that the light onesaren't?

    Well, lighter DE's may not provide a good configuration manager. That was the problem I had when I used LXDE in arch linux. You may also need to mix up some gnome applications in lighter DE's in order to get some extra functionality which was undesirable for me since system management gets confusing that way. But I actually never used my SuSE with LXDE or XFCe or anothe r lightweight desktop environments so I am not really sure how it feels like in SuSE.
    The only problem with troubleshooting is that sometimes trouble shoots back.
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    Default Re: What are the heavy desktop enviroments up to that the light onesaren't?

    The main advantage of KDE and Gnome is that they integrate so many applications; KDE has the added advantage that it is highly configurable. Obviously, this means it takes longer to do some things as it reads configuration files and maintains links but the variety of options does in my experience genuinely help productivity - which is what I am interested in.

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    Default Re: What are the heavy desktop enviroments up to that the light onesaren't?

    On 2011-05-28 21:06, john hudson wrote:

    > but the variety of
    > options does in my experience genuinely help productivity - which is
    > what I am interested in.


    Others think that having so many options distracts the mind from productive
    tasks, so gnome is preferred. Nothing to configure, no time lost in non
    money earning activities >:-P

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    Default Re: What are the heavy desktop enviroments up to that the light ones aren't?

    I've noticed that LXDE has a limited GUI for Wireless Connectivity.... actually there has been a few times when I haven't even seen one. It's not all that hard to do manually, just a pain.
    Last edited by Xernicus; 30-May-2011 at 22:51. Reason: Misspelled LXDE acronym with LXCE.

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    Default Re: What are the heavy desktop enviroments up to that the light ones aren't?

    Install kde and xfce and use xfce!
    People who do not break things first will never learn to create anything

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