matt | July 22, 2010
In the beginning, I was on RedHat, and there was Gnome + Enlightenment.
Later, Gnome adopted Sawfish, but you had a choice. I still used Enlightenment.
Then I don’t exactly recall what happened. I think Enlightenment went away from Gnome, I tried several (IceWM, Fluxbox, etc.) finally settled on FVWM, which I used for several years.
Then Liz made fun of me sufficiently for having an ugly WM that I switched to XFCE4.
XFCE broke their window stacking model, so I switched to Gnome + Metacity (the default).
This morning at work, Metacity decided to go insane, pegging my CPU and generally being unreasonable. Now, I had been annoyed by its sluggishness for quite awhile, so this was the final straw.
I installed lubuntu-desktop, and used LXDE + Openbox for today at work. It was a little.. interesting. Fast, for sure, but very minimalist, and not quite.. right in all cases.
On the drive home, it hit me… Gnome + Enlightenment.. again.
We’ll see how this goes. There is one little annoyance – with some themes, the gnome panel menu doesn’t seem to like non-minimized application windows managed by enlightenment… It makes you not able to click on menu selections.. However, with ShinyMetal (the theme I was originally using those many years ago), it works fine.
Oh, and I discovered Conky today, which may replace the gnome-panel flyout I have which does system monitoring. (I used to use GKrellM, but now I want trending for memory usage…)