On Fri, Mar 01, 2002 at 12:33:40AM -0500, Paul C. Boyle wrote:
> I just want to get an idea of what people are using for a desktop GUI.
> Myself I prefer KDE.
> I have had it since the beta came with SUSE 5.2.
> That was also my first crack at #nix's.
When I started I used to run fvwm at first and then switched to
windowmaker (We are talking like since 1998 or so here). I love WMaker,
and I kept using it until a new version came out the depended on the
Hermes library. Sure, I could keep running 0.64, but when I upgraded to
0.70 I noticed that Hermes doesn't like to run on a setup where the X
server has different endianess that the box it runs off. To make it
short, I decided I could try something different and tried almost every
wm in ports, from pwm (minimalistic setup) to Gnome and KDE.
I found Gnome extremely slow for networked sessions and pretty crash
prone, and found KDE really good. I hadn't tried KDE since the first
version came out some time ago, and I have to admint that I was really
impressed by it.
> Do you use FreeBSD as a desktop workstation or do you still clean windows.
> Does FreeBSD do everything you need for a workstation?
It definitely does, FreeBSD does a pretty good job for me as a desktop.
> Personaly I think KDE is elegant. And I can't see waisting a 17" flat screen
> monitor on just a black and white console.
> I mean if you have the hardware, use it.
Agreed, I think the KDE have done an excellent work for the 2.x series
and the upcoming 3.0 version.
> I do use windows to play a few games now and then but if FreeBSD could do
> that I'd be a happy man.
My gaming is usually restricted to nethack, some xmame and freeciv, all
of them working prefectly on FreeBSD, but I don't really play much.
> I see in the news that IBM is supporting LInux and maybe HP is as well.
> Why do you suppose they overlooked FreeBSD.
Linux is fashionable, you mention Linux and a lot of people have heard
about it. It's more of a PR thing than otherwise methinks. And pretty
beneficial for those companies. I mean, IBM can use Linux and suddenly
they have an OS developed for free, no more R&D investment needed. Sure
you could do that with FreeBSD but Linux is something people know about.
I really doubt it was chosen by it's technical excellence, specially not
after seeing the 2.4 fiasco.
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