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slackware:desktop_environment [2012/08/29 11:38 (UTC)]
cmyster [Available environments]
slackware:desktop_environment [2013/05/29 11:47 (UTC)] (current)
alienbob [Other environments] Added MATE Desktop; more info about GNOME and LXDE
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 In addition, Desktop Environments usually provide integration with features such as display and ACPI power management, useful for notebooks/​laptops. Modern Desktop Environments also provide or integrate with a desktop compositing engine which allows for graphical special effects such as 3D flipping of workspaces, window translucency,​ simple animations and shadows, but this requires 3D hardware acceleration enabled and can consume additional system resources. ​ In addition, Desktop Environments usually provide integration with features such as display and ACPI power management, useful for notebooks/​laptops. Modern Desktop Environments also provide or integrate with a desktop compositing engine which allows for graphical special effects such as 3D flipping of workspaces, window translucency,​ simple animations and shadows, but this requires 3D hardware acceleration enabled and can consume additional system resources. ​
 ===== Available environments ===== ===== Available environments =====
-Desktop environments available in Slackware can be broken to full or light-weight environments depending on the number of features they include. The more features an environment has, the more complete it is but also the more computer ​resource ​it uses. light-weight environments ​usually ​come with a small set of features, usually just a unified look and feel, and you will need independent applications. For example a vidoe player is not included like it is in [[slackware:​kde|KDE]],​ but you can use xmms which is installed by default with Slackware.+Desktop environments available in Slackware can be classed as full or light-weight environments depending on the number of features they include. The more features an environment has, the more complete it is but also the more computer ​resources ​it uses. Light-weight environments come with a smaller ​set of features, usually just a unified look and feel, so you will need independent applications. For example a video player is not included like it is in [[slackware:​kde|KDE]],​ but you can use xmms which is installed by default with Slackware
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 +Switching between available environments is done by running ''​xwmconfig''​ from a terminal prior to starting X.
  
 ==== Full environments ==== ==== Full environments ====
  
   * [[slackware:​kde|KDE]]:​ the K Desktop Environment.   * [[slackware:​kde|KDE]]:​ the K Desktop Environment.
-  * [[slackware:​xfce|XFCE]]:​ a lightweight ​environment based on the GTK toolkit.+  * [[slackware:​xfce|XFCE]]:​ a full environment ​that is much more lightweight on the computer resources, ​based on the GTK toolkit.
  
 ==== Light-weight environments ==== ==== Light-weight environments ====
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   * fvwm2   * fvwm2
   * twm   * twm
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 ===== Other environments ===== ===== Other environments =====
-  * [[slackware:​gnome|GNOME]]:​ since version [[ftp://​ftp.slackware.com/​pub/​slackware/​slackware-10.2/​ChangeLog.txt|10.2]],​ Gnome is no longer part of Slackware. Several community driven projects provide packages for those willing to use Gnome in Slackware. +  * [[http://gnome.org/|GNOME]]: since version [[ftp://​ftp.slackware.com/​pub/​slackware/​slackware-10.2/​ChangeLog.txt|10.2]],​ Gnome is no longer part of Slackware. Several community driven projects provide packages for those willing to use Gnome in Slackware
-  * [[slackware:​lxde|LXDE]].+    * [[http://​gnomeslackbuild.org/|GSB: GNOME SlackBuild]] 
 +    * [[http://​www.droplinegnome.net/​|dropline GNOME desktop]] 
 +  * [[http://​mate-desktop.org/​|MATE]]:​ a full lightweight environment,​ based on the GNOME 2 libraries. The [[http://​mateslackbuilds.github.com|MATE SlackBuilds]] project has packages available from [[http://​www.slackware.org.uk/​msb/​|http://​www.slackware.org.uk/​msb/​]]. 
 +  * [[http://lxde.org/|LXDE]]. The [[http://​lxde.org/​|Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment]] is a good alternative for low-end hardware where KDE is too sluggish. See this [[http://​slackware.ponce.cc/​blog/​2010/​08/​23/​easily-build-yourself-lxde-with-sbopkg/​|blog post by ponce]] for instructions on compiling and installing LXDE on Slackware.
  
 =====Sources===== =====Sources=====
  
   * Originally written by [[wiki:​user:​kookiemonster|kookiemonster]] for the SlackDocs Wiki Project   * Originally written by [[wiki:​user:​kookiemonster|kookiemonster]] for the SlackDocs Wiki Project
-  * Additional inputs by [[wiki:​user:​harishankar|harishankar]]+  * Additional inputs by [[wiki:​user:​harishankar|harishankar]] and [[wiki:​user:​cmyster|cmyster]]

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