OK, Here’s the deal:
I installed SusE 13.1 (i586) on a Celeron 2.4Ghz, 1GB RAM, 30GB HDD system. It runs very sluggishly, unlike my last install (SuSE 11.0 (i586) on a P3-1Ghz, 1GB RAM system, which runs very nicely).
I’m a distro hopper desperate to finally once and for all separate myself from Windows. (I’ve been a software developer for 22+ yrs, and am sick and tired of everything Windows related). I’ve been tinkering with Linux since Slackware 3.5 (1997), and have tried out 25+ flavors-to-Sunday different Linux distro’s.
I really liked SusE 11.0, and decided that SuSe is the flavor for me. , anyway…
I burned the DVD, did a media integrity check on it, tested my RAM, installed 13.1 , without a hitch.
***Bottom line: KDE is just too heavy for this old desktop (CPU runs @ 75-100% all the time)
*** I simply want to install either LXDE or XFCE instead.
Well, nothing in Linux is ever straight forward (except the install process, in most cases).
I haven’t looked at SuSE since I installed 11.0 back in 2008, but I was fairly familiar with the interface.
SO, I went into YaST , to the package management/software install tool , and clicked on packages, and saw XFCE as an option (didn’t see one for LXDE), however, I found no straightforward, intuitive way of knowing what to select. (In the install process you could simply choose XFCE in the “Other desktops” , and the default packages would be chosen).
What doesn’t this exist in the package manager ??
( I also noticed that in HELP>SYMBOLS, all of the icons that used to show up in SuSE 11.0 for install, update, delete, etc. are all blank! Not much help there! Hard to believe this bug slipped by in such a critical part of the Software Manager!).
I saw an XFCE package present, but, I know I don’t have to select every single item in it to get a default XFCE desktop (just like not every item is selected in the KDE desktop). Why isn’t there something simple like “Click here to install the default XFCE desktop, idiot!” - lol.
Yes, I scoured the internet and some postings in here, but I’m not a trust fund baby with beaucoup bucks, and endless amounts of free time on my hands…
I saw someone say to click on the “gear” on your login screen to select XFCE, but I don’t even have a login screen.
So what is the easiest, simplest way to just change my desktop from KDE to XFCE or LXDE ?
PS-2 yrs. ago I did try to change desktops in Lubuntu 11.04 from reading forum postings on their website and the results were disastrous! , and the upgrade from Lubuntu 11.04 → 12.04 was even worse.
Part of the reason I’ve never completely transitioned from Windows to Linux is due to the plethora of “simple little problems” that take a ridiculous amt. of time to solve, and the sometimes disastrous outcomes that occur.
Yes, there are cute little completely functional distro’s like Puppy, Lubuntu (if you don’t try to change the DE), Mint, etc. , but when it all shook out, I liked the SuSE distro best.
Can anybody help?