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All, I have a crappy old Compaq Presario 1210, and KDE runs like a dog on it. I really only need a couple of xterminals, and mouse functionality. What version of Xwindows is light and fast on older boxes. I dont care how ugly it is. Will I need to run xdm, or kdm? Do i even need an xsession manager? Thanks -Will -- To UNSUBSCRIBE, email to debian.org with a subject of "unsubscribe". Trouble? Contact debian.org...

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    Default old laptop I need ugly fast Xwindows please

    All,
    I have a crappy old Compaq Presario 1210, and KDE runs like a dog on it.
    I really only need a couple of xterminals, and mouse functionality.

    What version of Xwindows is light and fast on older boxes. I dont care how
    ugly it is.

    Will I need to run xdm, or kdm?

    Do i even need an xsession manager?

    Thanks
    -Will


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    I use Fluxbox (with Gkrellum) on my old Compaq Armada 4130T (133mhz, 32mb
    ram, 1gig hdd) and have been pleased.

    IceWM, Openbox, Fluxbox, and even Blackbox are good choices (and their not
    even ugly).

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    On Wed, 13 Aug 2003 12:03:35 -0500
    Preston Boyington <com> wrote:
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    I use fluxbox on all my Debian systems.

    It's light, fast, and not even ugly.

    Kevin


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    I use IceWM on an IBM ThinkPad 380D (P150 MMX, 80 MB RAM, 2.1 GB HDD)
    and it runs great. I had tried to run GNOME in the past and it
    worked... but, man... it had to work pretty hard.

    You can go with the unstable version (I haven't had any problems).

    I think you need to install these:
    -> xfree86-common
    -> xbase-clients
    -> xfonts-100dpi
    -> xfonts-75dpi
    -> xfonts-artwiz
    -> xfonts-base
    -> xlibs
    -> xserver-common
    -> xserver-xfree86
    -> xterm (optional!)
    -> xutils
    -> icewm
    -> icewm-common

    But you don't have to take my word for it!

    -Jason

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    functionality.  

    I use Fluxbox (with Gkrellum) on my old Compaq Armada 4130T
    (133mhz, 32mb ram, 1gig hdd) and have been pleased.

    IceWM, Openbox, Fluxbox, and even Blackbox are good choices (and
    their not even ugly).

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    On Wed, Aug 13, 2003 at 10:26:53AM -0500, wsykes.lists wrote: 

    Good. Don't run KDE.
     

    Keep your X version.
     

    Doesn't matter. Xdm is faster, but also ugly. Kdm is not too slow, you
    only use it to log into your machine. It has the advantage of presenting
    you with a choice of window managers.

    What _does_ matter is the window manager you use. KDE and Gnome are
    entire desktop environments and thus very slow, especially the new
    versions. Run another WM, like icewm or the *boxes which already have
    been mentioned. Personally, I like WindowMaker. I use it at home and
    compiled it at work to get rid of CDE while not having to run twm (I did
    run twm for a few months, but well, I could only stand it for so
    long...)

    David


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    On Wed, 2003-08-13 at 11:26, wsykes.lists wrote: 

    use startx and fluxbox. Lots of bell and whistles for the price of no
    bells and whistles.

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