OMG! I’m Using One Hog Of A Window Manager!

“Xfce is a desktop environment based on GTK+ 2 toolkit. It aims to be fast and lightweight, while still being visually appealing and easy to use. Xubuntu and Fedora Xfce Spin are two of the distros featuring Xfce.

It runs in about 70MB of memory, which is a lot more than LXDE.”

That’s a lot less than GNOME/KDE, around 200MB. Of course, RAM is cheap these days, but why waste it? I could use Joe’s Window Manager at just 3MB or even Rat Poison at 1MB.
Here’s jwm at work in a virtual machine. Clearly, it will do the job, just not as conveniently. For instance, menus need to be configured or CLI used to start an application. That’s fine if the configuration is not changed often.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to OMG! I’m Using One Hog Of A Window Manager!

  1. Mike Lockmoore says:

    I’m currently using XFCE on several computers, but not so long ago I helped the Tiny Core Linux team modify FLWM to have a more conventional “title bars on the top side of windows” look (orothdox FLWM has the titlebar and buttons on the left side of the window). FLWM uses the FLTK GUI library that is really lightweight and is the basis for Enlightenment libraries used in the E17 WM and desktop platform. In Tiny Core, FLWM and FLTK apps are really small and run really super fast, usually running out of pre-loaded RAM disk images.

  2. kozmcrae says:

    Robert Pogson wrote:

    “what more does my “window manager” have to do?”

    I don’t know how people work without virtual desktops. Once I started using them, I can’t do without them. Keeping one window above all the others is another feature I use all the time. Often when I’m using a dictionary and I’m checking multiple words I don’t want to be constantly clicking to focus. That’s just one use. There are others.

    There are other features like shading that some people might find useful. I configured my WM so when I double click on the title bar of the window it maximizes vertically. I like that level of control.

    I use KDE for every day operations, and XFCE for a digital audio workstation. I like the speed and stability of XFCE. And it doesn’t compete with the DAW for CPU cycles.

  3. itok wrote, “To get convenience and sanity in return.”, about using a fatter window manager.

    I don’t know. As long as I can slide windows around in virtual desktops and can click on things that I see, what more does my “window manager” have to do? The only cost to me is having to populate a list with applications I use frequently and I only have to do that once. I don’t care whether or not the icons are beautiful. A word will do. I can even populate the list with the order of frequency I need. Applications like Chrome do just about everything “fancy” and “convenient” that I need done. Less bloat could mean more speed, too. Imagine how fast you get to a working desktop if you don’t need to load 200 MB of crapware. With a 500MB hard drive, that’s about 2s, every time.

  4. istok says:

    “Of course, RAM is cheap these days, but why waste it?”

    To get convenience and sanity in return. You know, like indoor plumbing versus the other thing. Sure the other thing gets the job done, but it’s not really suitable for the 21st century.

  5. JD says:

    Have you tried something called Windoze? I hear it is pretty slim and needs only about 2GB of RAM before it will begin crawling.

    As an added bonus, you are also stuck with the desktop that comes bundled with it. You don’t have to use it for long before you can reap its benefits, with messages such as “Windoze explorer has crashed, your computer is contacting M$ to tell them how much you are enjoying their crappy product” or “Windoze will reboot now whether you like it or not”.

    If you remain persistent, it will even do tricks for you such as “perform a BSOD”. Heard the newer versions even have advanced features such as text emoticons on them.

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