Not just the window manager
Posted Nov 18, 2011 0:03 UTC (Fri) by man_ls
In reply to: Awesome: A window manager that gets out of the way
Parent article: Awesome: A window manager that gets out of the way
I don't understand why anyone other than those on antique hardware care about this. [...] But a window manager?
Antique hardware is not the only reason, and the window manager is not the only problem. The overhead of "modern" desktop environments can be pretty high: hundreds of MBs
are not atypical.
Having a netbook as my primary machine has many advantages: it's light, silent, has an integrated UPS, and I just unplug a few cables and put it in my backpack when I need to travel. However my Eee PC 1000H only supports 2 GB of RAM (recently upgraded from 1 GB), and I don't like swapping to disk; so if I want to get some work done (I'm looking at you, Android SDK) and have a couple of open browsers at the same time with 10s of tabs, I basically need a low resource window manager. I realize that XFCE can be considered "bloated" as compared with e.g. awesome, but it is familiar and it basically works for me, so I have not really researched any alternatives.
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