[mythtv-users] best window manger/desktop environment

Mitch Gore mitchell.gore at gmail.com
Tue Mar 6 21:33:31 UTC 2007

I am trying fluxbox now but so I installed it with YUM  but how do i switch
to it and make it the default?


On 3/6/07, Rod Smith <mythtv at rodsbooks.com> wrote:
> On Tuesday 06 March 2007 15:42, Mitch Gore wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Just curious what everyone suggest on speeding up booting and
> performance
> > in the area of the window manager and desktop environment?
> >
> > Currently i am using GNOME and MetaCity as it was just the default on
> FC6.
> > Any better suggestions?
> GNOME is a desktop environment, and a rather big one, too. Even on a
> desktop
> system, I'm not a fan of GNOME; IMHO, it's a bloated pig of a package. If
> you're using the computer as a MythTV box only, then GNOME may be the
> single
> worst possible choice for a boot environment; you're taking time to load
> stuff you never use, and that stuff is chewing up RAM that would be better
> devoted to caches, MythPlugin programs, etc.
> Check http://www.xwinman.org for information on many window managers for
> Linux. Most of the "bare" window managers will be better choices than
> (or any other desktop environment) for a MythTV-only system. Mine is
> running
> openbox, simply because the Ubuntu install guide I followed suggested it.
> Others I've used in the past which I know to be slim include IceWM, wm2,
> and
> fvwm.
> The window manager you use won't make much difference to MythTV operation,
> except to the extent that it consumes RAM. If you frequently shut down
> mythfrontend and perform operations in the Linux, GUI, though, the window
> manager may be important. For instance, if you shut down MythTV and run
> mplayer directly or use some non-Myth DVD-authoring software, you might
> care
> about the window manager's features. If you don't do such things often,
> though, just pick a window manager that doesn't consume a lot of
> resources,
> and stay away from GNOME, KDE, or even XFce.
> --
> Rod Smith
> http://www.rodsbooks.com
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