03/07/2018 (Wed) 04:55:59
My GUI progression. It's been so long some of the names and details may be a bit off.
Started out on Redhat 3.0.3. Gnome or KVM were the two options being pushed. Tried both, went with Gnome.
After some upgrades, Gnome was transformed into some monstrous software system with its own installer. Tried it. It trashed my system on install. Today, I could have sorted it out on my own without so much trauma. Back then, I had to reinstall from scratch.
Tried KVM again. Holy fuck no.
You know what I really want? Something like the Windows for Workgroups desktop!
Boss: "THAT BETTER NOT BE FUCKING LINUX I SEE ON YOUR PC! Get rid of that shit."
Hello FVWM95. Thank you, God!
Boss: "THAT BETTER NOT BE oh. Carry on."
Later on I had the freedom to do whatever I wanted how I wanted, as long as shit got done. I tried out just about every DE, GUI, WM, whatever-the-fuck under the sun.
Gnome? KVM? Oh hell no.
Various others: nah.
Blackbox? Blackbox. End of line.
Later on I was made responsible for creating a public use internet kiosk. I went with Blackbox. After a major point upgrade, I discovered BB was dead in the water and was going to be dropped from the repository. Well, fuck. Back to trying out everything under the sun and ...
Fluxbox? Fluxbox. This works for the kiosk as well as my personal stuff. Whoot!
I've been sitting on the same style of setup for about a decade now. Fluxbox + fbpanel + idesk + xscreensaver. I like slim if I need a multi-user login manager. Otherwise, it's login to the command line, and startx.
I'm not trying to be coy, nor trollish. I'll grant that a graphical login manager is a must have. Also, idesk is beyond bizarre, and totally unmanageable as a desktop icon system. There are better replacements for idesk, but it does cut down desktop clutter like nothing else when you have to text-edit each shortcut you want. A good thing over the long run. Otherwise, I simply do not understand what people are looking for from a DE/GUI these days.