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I installed SUSE Linux 9.3 on my system about a month ago and it works fine. I was just wondering if anyone knew what kind of desktop enviroment I should ...
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    Which Desktop Environment should I use **SOLVED**


    I installed SUSE Linux 9.3 on my system about a month ago and it works fine. I was just wondering if anyone knew what kind of desktop enviroment I should put on my system so that it will run faster. Currently I have KDE 3.4.0 level "b" and it runs very slow especially my internet (I have the fastest DSL). My basic computer specs are AMD-K6(tm) 3D processor, 7 gig hard drive, and 370 mb of Ram. I would prefer it also if the environment was easy to install without having to type in root commands and stuff.

    -riverk

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    fluxbox,icewm,are two that spring to mind,look on your software cd's. as for internet, it probably will be the same,as your desktop environment will not affect it.

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    KDE, though it is one of the best desktops/window managers, is certainly one of the slowest too. And, talking about slow, from I know Suse is perhads one of the heaviest linux distro too...

    So any other window managers/desktops will perform better...

    Plus, make sure you have the latest upgrade for your Suse system!

    Check out this site, about window managers: http://xwinman.org/
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    Would you recomend I install Gnome on my system (see my basic system specs above). (My main goal is to have a desktop environment that is easy to install, comes with an internet browser, an app to talk on MSN, and perhaps a word processor and a CD burning program too, but most importantly of all, I want this system to RUN FAST.) If so, how do I uninstall my KDE environment and install gnome?

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    KDE and Gnome are known to weigh you down (KDE more so than Gnome), but are easy to use. To get speed without sacrificing a lot of useful features, in addition to deltaflyer's suggestions (which I haven't tried), take a look at xfce and WindowMaker (both of which I tried some time ago and was mostly happy with).
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    Zelmo, how do I uninstall my current Kde setup and also how do I install xfce4? I wasnt sure how to do it.

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    You don't want to remove KDE; it can still be installed when it's not being used, and it's good to have it around if you ever need to use it.
    Check YaST for xfce, there should be a SuSE package you can install from the repository.
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    Thanks for the help guys. I figured out how to install fxce4, and it works pretty fast.

    -riverk

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