• DE choice


    Hi, i am a computer science student and i want to install Antergos on my laptop, but i need help with the choice of a desktop eviroment.
    What i require is a desktop enviroment that is lightweight and with a first class multi-monitor support for programming sessions and slideshows (for exams).
    Suggestions?

  • I think the multi-monitor support is in an app, so is slideshows (Libreoffice) but from what I sense from your needs, I think openbox will be the best option for you. It is highly configurable and very lightweight.

    KDE/XFCE/i3-WM

    Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing its stupid.

  • @TheUnderground95 said in DE choice:

    desktop enviroment that is lightweight

    XFCE or MATE

    and with a first class multi-monitor support for programming sessions and slideshows (for exams).

    I don’t know the best answer to this.

  • Actually I installed Antergos Gnome on a small, several years old Lenovo netbook, and it performed well. I do believe it’s lightweight enough to work well on each not-really-ancient machine. And it has no problem with dual monitor setup.

    Take a look at my portfolio

  • ya i would do Gnome as well since i know they have good dual monitor support. see if the DE is too heavy for you.

    i never setup dual monitor so not sure who else has good support for that.

  • @piotr and there we go. thanks for the shot. ya always heard Gnome has good support for that.

  • Thanks to everyone

  • Hi,
    i work everyday with a two monitors setup (scribus svn, inkscape, rawtherapee, gimp) and gnome is problem free for me.

    Roby

  • The best thing you can do is to test a few Desktop Environments and check what is best for your daily use. One day with each D.E. should be enough.

    For example I use GNOME and I’m happy with it, it suits my needs. But this is me, you can have different needs or like anything else, just try a few ones and stick with what you prefer most.

  • The DE selection is largely subjective. I’ll be testing Deepin on my old netbook today. I’ll check how it works with external monitor connected, and let you know.

    Take a look at my portfolio

  • @piotr
    I’m very curious how your experiment will work. I have an 11 year old Macbook Pro with the first generation core2duo and 2 gigs of RAM over here and it can’t run Mate and above on that one. When I do install them, they are very laggy and with Gnome, KDE,Deepin I also experience screen tear. It runs happily with XFCE,i3wm and Openbox. LXDE and LXQT run well on it also, but I don’t really like those, although LXQT has potential, but it misses something for me. Don’t know exactly what, it’s more in the sense of feeling that I miss something.

    KDE/XFCE/i3-WM

    Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing its stupid.

  • i3wm

    Is it based just on keyboard shortcuts or I could use it with just a mouse too? I was seeing some videos about it, but everyone seems like a hacker and just uses keyboard shortcuts.
    (I use GNOME so I can do everything I need with a mouse)

  • @ssspacez
    It’s keyboard driven, but you get the hang of it once you’re in it. If you’re interested, try @fernandomaroto 's Portergos. It’s provided with some essential commands on the desktop. He just uploaded a new ISO.

    KDE/XFCE/i3-WM

    Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing its stupid.

  • @ssspacez https://github.com/killajoe/configs you can take a look to my screencast of a configured i3-gnome desktop

    [updates once a week] = [90% less problems]
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  • @Bryanpwo said in DE choice:

    I’m very curious how your experiment will work.

    Well, I failed installing @Keegan 's project on my testing netbook again, for some mysterious reason, so I gave a try to the antergos-deepin-meta package. It took ages for it to start for the first time, but there were no troubles with connecting the secondary monitor. Just plug and play.

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    A small note, dunno if relevant: my latest game, written in Python, detects the screen dimensions to fit its window into it. I expected it to see the primary screen, which is HD, but - to my surprise - it would detect the secondary, full HD screen.

    Take a look at my portfolio

  • @piotr
    Wow, I’m really surprised it worked, congratulations! Deepin taking a long time at first boot, is caused by Deepin, not by your hardware or Antergos. Somehow it checks if the installed system is up to date and that takes a long time.

    KDE/XFCE/i3-WM

    Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing its stupid.

  • @Bryanpwo said in DE choice:

    Deepin taking a long time at first boot, is caused by Deepin, not by your hardware or Antergos.

    I suspected so, since it happened to me while previous Deepin installations.

    Take a look at my portfolio

  • Just another question, does Deepin run smooth on your netbook?

    KDE/XFCE/i3-WM

    Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing its stupid.

  • @Bryanpwo said in DE choice:

    does Deepin run smooth on your netbook?

    Perfectly flawless. But so does Gnome. There’s some Celeron (2 cores) and 4 GB RAM inside. (Lenovo IdeaPad S210 Touch). I only replaced 500 GB hdd with 120 ssd.

    Take a look at my portfolio

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