Openbox: A lightweight window manager (Linux.com)
Posted Feb 3, 2006 2:39 UTC (Fri) by zblaxell
In reply to: Openbox: A lightweight window manager (Linux.com)
Parent article: Openbox: A lightweight window manager (Linux.com)
By all means, go ahead and do all these wonderful things. Please! :-)
A few notes though:
xterm has goals that are opposite of gnome-terminal and konsole. xterm is much smaller and faster than its modern counterpart because it lacks I18N support for anything that doesn't act like US-ASCII (left-to-right single-sized character cells).
gkrellm (which needs GTK libraries) provides a framework for simple monitoring applets including, among other things, laptop battery status. The really nice thing about gkrellm is that you can run 'for x in host1 host2 host3 host4...; do ssh -X -f $x gkrellm; done' and fill the screen with status monitors. I haven't figured out how to do something equivalent with GNOME or KDE panel applets (anyone?). My big gkrellm wish at the moment is a proper cpufreq control.
There's nothing that says you need all of KDE or GNOME with kdm and gdm. I have a machine connected to a TV set which runs GDM (for reliable password-less X session setup), ratpoison, xterm, screen (my wireless remote control is a laptop with WiFi and ssh connected to mplayer's controlling TTY), and sometimes mplayer. It works wonderfully, and I didn't have to install 90% of GNOME to do it.
Isn't it interesting how any time someone mentions window managers on LWN, we get so many offtopic comments with them? ;-)
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