jan gestre wrote:
On 7/26/06, Joshua Lewis <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

   I have a hard question to ask and I realize that there are a thousand
   answers to this question.

   I am replacing my XP system with a FreeBSD 6.1 system. I finished
   installing it last night and cvsuped. Now I need to choose a window

   There are what seems like hundreds of different WM in the ports
collection and there is no way I will be able to find the time to read
   them all and get any kind of good idea on what each one does.

   I am hoping a few people form the list could e-mail me what they like
   and for what reason.

   I want something lean and fast but I want to have my cake and eat it
   to because I do want something that is not strait up ugly and is

   KDE seems like it is bloated so I was considering Gnome. I have also
   been reading about enlightenment and it sounds interesting. I have
   looked into Fluxbox and it also seems like it would do the trick.

   Would I be better off just going with Gnome or KDE? I realize once I
   start installing apps that I will probably wind up installing
   something that uses Gnome or KDE libraries so I am going to wind up
   bloating my system any ways right?

gnome and kde are both bloated, why not xfce or fluxbox, they are both
lean and fast.
Performance is all relative though, based on what your machine's speed is, how much RAM it has, disk space, etc. I personally abandoned Gnome and KDE approximately 1-2 years ago because I found compiling the packages to be too much of a pain and take too much time to accomplish. I use XFCE4.2, and if I feel like it, I use fluxbox from time to time. However, functionality-wise I find XFCE4.2 to be the best thing out there right now, mostly because of the additional daemons and minor programs that run in the background for both KDE (Konqueror, kstart, etc) and Gnome (Nautilus, gnome*daemon, etc). I will say this though: if you want everything, including all the trimmings in a desktop, go for KDE. If you want hardware to just work and like a more "polished" (ie less cubic) and maybe a bit cartoony look, go for Gnome.
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