Mon Sep 26 22:29:56 CEST 2005

Enlightenment vs fvwm2


Over the last six or seven years I've been bouncing between
two window managers- Enlightenment (http://www.enlightenment.org)
and fvwm2 (http://www.fvwm.org).

Its like enlightenment is so nice and shiny, lots of eye
candy. And modern computers are fast enough to run it. But
fvwm is completely configurable. 

I started off with CDE at KTH (Royal Institute of
Technology), but as soon as I figured out how to switch from
CDE to fvwm, I did it. Initially I installed a theme called
fvwm95, which very roughly resembled the layout of Win95. But
when I saw what you could do with fvwm I left that theme and
started to configure... 

... which is a very fun thing to do. Its also incredibly time
consuming. I can spend hours trying to get things right, and I
never seem to get it exactly the way I want it. I suppose its
because Im chasing a moving target. My tastes change with
time, and I want to get it right.

Every year or so, I give Enlightenment a try. Enlightenment
is just plain cool. The themes are really nice, I dont have to
fiddle with the details. But I do find myself configuring it
to look like fvwm. So the question is- Why use enlightenment
when I want it to become like fvwm?

I've also tested other window managers, and desktop
managers. KDE, Gnome, XFCE, EvilWM. If I had to choose between
KDE and Gnome, I'd choose KDE, mostly because it looks nice
without any configuration. I've seen Gnome in action, and with
a little fidgeting it looks awesome. But Im not much of a
desktop guy, if I had to choose between KDE/Gnome and EvilVM
I'd choose EvilVM any day.

EvilWM (http://evilwm.sourceforge.net
is the most minimalistic window manager I've played with. Its
got a few built in commands, no configuation possiblitities
that I know of, and its a whopping 23kB big. Takes under 10
seconds to compile and install. Very nice on old machines.

Anyway. Right now Im using Enlightenment on my laptop, with
the "winter" theme. Looks really nice. We'll see how long I
use this, before reverting to fvwm...