[blfs-support] Suggestions on Desktop Environment

Dan McGhee beesnees at grm.net
Tue Dec 3 19:29:00 PST 2013

On 12/03/2013 09:03 PM, Dan McGhee wrote:
> On 12/03/2013 07:22 PM, Alan Feuerbacher wrote:
>> I'm not far from choosing a Desktop Environment, which BLFS gives you
>> choices of KDE, XFCE, LXDE to install.
>> I use Gnome at work, an old version that comes with Redhat 5, and I
>> understand that new versions get mixed reviews in online forums. I have
>> no opinion, having no experience except with what comes with my Fedora
>> 19 host system.
>> Why does BLFS not do Gnome? I see that Gnome depends on systemd which
>> BLFS does not support. Can anyone give me a few clues about the issues?
>> I've used KDE before, where I used to work, and I was quite happy with it.
>> Any comments on the relative merits of the three that BLFS recommends?
>> Beyond the brief introductions in the BLFS book?
>> Alan
> In my "linux life" I have used both KDE and GNome. I got tired of them
> both. When I discovered {,B}LFS, I invenstigated the various window
> managers mention in the Xorg Chapter. I decided on Window Maker and have
> used it ever since. Window Maker and Rox Filer are a really good start.
> Then you can engineer the rest of *your own* desktop environment.
> Dan
I posted before I had read what Fernando said. It reminded me so 
something very nice in Window Maker. There is a configuration tool for 
the whole manager. One of the things you can do is edit the menus in 
real time without having to know the language. It's a real plus.


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