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Desktop environment/WM of choice: 2011 Edition
11-14-13, 7:12 PM
What's your distro?
09-24-13, 9:44 PM
Linux to alternative usage ratio?
10-20-12, 4:58 PM
Which filesystem for archives?
02-13-12, 7:15 AM
post your linux desktop screenshot
04-10-11, 11:21 AM
| 01-21-13, 7:16 PM
| 10-20-12, 12:45 PM
I made a free android app for browsing and watching Anime Music Videos. It's on the google play store, am open to critique.
| 09-02-12, 9:22 AM
I'll admit, I was never really enthused by the MAL sync software I tried years ago (not sure if it was MAL Updater or something else; at any rate, it was an early version), primarily because it seemed to rely too much on video files having tags/other ID-related metadata. And I didn't like having it need to run in the background all the time, either.
But this looks much more to my liking, especially the Terminal stuffs. The idea of managing a local list is very nice.
| 08-31-12, 7:24 PM
Frustrated by the lack of a good open alternative to MalUpdater (besides AniChou that sadly got stalled), some time ago I decided to start from scratch a script in Python for GNU/Linux to keep a local list and update a remote list on different sites, including MyAnimeList, and it's been evolving into a little application with a terminal-based and graphical interfaces.
It's experimental so if you have time give it a try. Any suggestions or help is more than welcome. Here's the public github repository:
| 06-10-12, 4:28 AM
ohhhh richardu stallmanu-tan~
| 12-21-11, 5:07 AM
Distrowatch popularity != real life popularity.
And you probably ment KWin not KDM at the end of your post.
aaaaand now something compleatly different: I hacked around with QML and Unity 2D on natty yesterday, now if I press the ubuntu logo on the panel (the BFB if you will) this welcomes me:
| 12-21-11, 4:37 AM
Over six months since the last post, here's a summary of developments since then:
1: Linux Mint. Just Linux Mint, more specifically, it is now the most popular distro on Distrowatch, overtaking vanilla Ubuntu.
2: As well as this, they are working on a number of Unity/GNOME Shell alternatives. There's MGSE, which is a bunch of GNOME Shell extensions designed to recreate the GNOME 2 feel. Then there's also MATE, a GNOME 2 reboot. And finally they have just announced Cinnamon, a GNOME-Shell fork designed to be even closer to GNOME 2 than MGSE.
3: Too much GNOME/GTK talk there? Don't worry, as there's another new DE on the block called Razor-qt, which is basically LXDE for qt fans, and also the first lightweight qt-based DE.
GNOME Shell (hint: make liberal use of the keyboard and shell extensions), but I am using Razor-qt at the moment because I want to support the project by giving feedback and bug reports, mostly because a qt base is the way to go for users who want to watch a lot of videos (SMPlayer/UMPlayer > GNOME-Mplayer for MPlayer frontends, and VLC is qt-exclusive), but there never has been a lightweight DE based on qt. It's still a young project, though, and features are pretty threadbare when compared to Xfce at least (I never liked "full" LXDE enough to use it seriously, so no comment there.), and especially when it comes to the panel (no autohide function, for starters.
Also, there doesn't appear to be a default file manager (use qtfm if you want to avoid GTK and KDE4 dependecies, but it's not very good) or DM (If you use one, you have to go with something like SLiM or CDM to avoid additional dependencies) at the moment. Also,there is no standard WM, though this appears to be an intentional design choice. The devs use Openbox, but you can use KDM or Metacity too (I'm not too sure about Compiz/Emerald, but it should work, even if it needs more testing than the main supported WMs)
| 05-04-11, 3:03 PM
I always switch to the latest release as soon as it comes out and I can download it and burn it to disc.
Aside from what I mentioned about it in the DE of choice 2011 thread, my impression of Unity is that it obfuscates stuff too much. I want solid, text-based menus, not a smartphone/tablet interface that uses a bunch of icons as placeholders with the menus buried underneath them. For smartphones and tablets, that would probably be pretty nice as a feature, but for a desktop, it's annoying.
I also don't like having to start typing a program's or file's name so that the system can find it (as opposed to just having the menu items and recently used documents easily navigable). Or rather, I think that option is neat, but it should definitely
be the default, nor should it be that obtrusive. It doesn't need to cover the screen - look at OSX's Spotlight feature, for example: out of the way, easy to click on and find if need be, doesn't bloat the screen with ridiculously huge junk.
From the available screenshots it doesn't look like GNOME Shell is any better on this point either. It's at least one reason I'm happy that there's the option for the GNOME 2 'Ubuntu Classic' login option, but as I've been using LXDE so much lately I'm not sure if any of this will affect me in the long run. Especially once 11.10 rolls around, since I think (unless it was pushed back) that's when the 'Classic' option will get dropped and Unity will be the only GNOME-based option. Hopefully by then, or at least by the next LTS, another shell will be available that mimics the GNOME 2 interface.
I don't hold it against those that like Unity or GNOME Shell, and I definitely think that if further improvements are being made under GNOME 3, then the attention should be focused on that. But IMO, allow GNOME 3 to fully come to fruition as a platform on top of which new interface shells can be used. I think that idea has more merit than GNOME 3 being intimately tied to GNOME Shell
Unity. It somewhat seems extensibility is the goal, but the comments from the GNOME team about Unity potentially 'cheapening' the impact of GNOME Shell (or however it was actually said) struck me as rather short-ended.
Apr 8, 2008
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