I am often asked what is the best Desktop Software for Linux?
a good Desktop must be fast by window handling, easy to read and needs less hardware resources
the fonts must be clear and easy to read
animations should not break the operations, glossy windows should by easy to switch off
a taskbar should always show you which apps are active and opened
a taskbar should not group icons!
a progam menu should open fast and should wait for user interactions, special for newbies or older people!
a good Desktop Software should not force you to the need of high end GPU Graphic Cards and save energy!
a good Desktop Software should run without any Errors,Bugs and Freezes on EVERY Hardware without any User configuration!
Thats the secret why the old classic desktop called „openbox“ or „LXDE“ (openbox with lxpanel as Taskbar) offers you 400% more effectivity instead of „glossy“ windowmanagers of the most current Linux OS’s.
Openbox is still ahead of the other Desktops.. old things live longer as you believe..
Unity Glossy Desktop with hidden Icon Groups,Window Shades (needs 3D-GPU Drivers) and Glossy Popups need 20% more Energy by default.
Don’t believe?? Do a dual setup of both Desktop Software Packages and test the handling.. after 10 Minutes you believe me..
Update 04/2017: Ubuntu CEO Mark Shuttleworth published the End of Life of the Unity Desktop Development on Ubuntu 18.04!
Problem: If you have bought a Thin Client Terminal, you lost updates after some years, cause the manufacter closes the support, or you have to pay for the Upgrades.
To reuse the old Hardware take a closer look on www.tinycorelinux.com There you find a very small modular Linux. You must not buy new Hardware! Tinycorelinux runs on x86 (Intel/AMD/Via) Hardware with a current 2.6 Kernel inside a RAMDISK.
Kiosk Internet Box
Netbook with full ThinClient Support for High Security Travel (Company’s)
Fast energy saving embedded PC with ramdisk Use
Embedded Server (NAS+FTP)
PC controlled Info-Screens like Store, Hotel or Airport TFT Info Screens
Embedded Tablet PCs
Tinycorelinux is easy to setup and offer good documentations about config and application setup.
Support Intel,AMD and Via CPU (Samuel 2 too, no cmov reboot bug)
Support various kinds of media, USB Stick, FlashDisk, IDE and SATA-HDD, CDROM
embedded S3 Via Graphic supported
must have internet access to get additional software packages called modules
At first read the howtos about the different kernel boot switches cause here you set parameters for the Linux on RAM.
Problem: There is no difference between new and old Laptops, they always need the best Drivers on Linux to operate safe.
Solution: For this you should take Sqeeze Debian Version. To get a fast Desktop on a older Laptop like a Thinkpad R50p or T30 you can use LXDE Desktop.
deb http://ftp2.de.debian.org/debian/ squeeze main non-free contrib
deb-src http://ftp2.de.debian.org/debian/ squeeze main non-free contrib
deb http://security.debian.org/ squeeze/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ squeeze/updates main contrib non-free
for upgrade, or take the LXDE-Debian-testing iso of the Debian Mirrors.
To install with a Install netinst – CD do:
to explain for new Linux Users:
xdm = Login Window
lxde = Desktop Window
xserver-xorg = Desktop Base
pcmanfm = fast Filemanager with smb and sftp options
leafpad = nice Editor
gpicview = view Images
evince = view PDF Documents
openoffice = free Office
Gimp = Image Editing
iceweasel = Browser
vlc = View Videos or News online
Remark: Base Memory usage of all near 120MB Ram only !!
If you want to get a very fast Browser you can install Google Chrome
Bug: If you want to use JWM as fast Window Manager instead of Gnome
you got a little Bug, after Login at GDM Login Manager the JWM Desktop
seems to hang.
Background: missing deps of menu and menu-xdg
#sudo aptitude install menu menu-xdg
#sudo service gdm restart
if you miss some installed Programs then edit:
#sudo nano /etc/menu-methods/jwm
(and add lines, easy look for other program lines and copy them)
after close and save the jwm file-menu-template run