[mythtv-users] best window manger/desktop environment

Bob Sully rcs at malibyte.net
Wed Mar 7 02:27:38 UTC 2007

I like Fluxbox also and use it on a couple of machines, even the fast
ones, just because it's a good window manager.  I also use WindowMaker a
lot; both are light-weight.  I use the Myth machine mostly for Myth but do
other things with it also.

Once you install fluxbox, your desktop manager should offer it as an
option.  After you select it once, kdm, xdm, etc., should have it marked
as the default.

If you don't boot directly into X, you'll have to edit your .xinitrc file
to start fluxbox when you fire up X.


> Message: 1
> Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2007 15:33:31 -0600
> From: "Mitch Gore" <mitchell.gore at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] best window manger/desktop environment
> To: "Discussion about mythtv" <mythtv-users at mythtv.org>
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> I am trying fluxbox now but so I installed it with YUM  but how do i
> switch
> to it and make it the default?
> Thanks,
> Mitchell
> 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.

Bob Sully - Simi Valley, California, USA

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