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what desktop to use
Posted March 30th, 2012 - 2:51 pm from Jonsdorf, Germany
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Posted March 30th, 2012 - 3:11 pm by from Heidelberg, Germany (Permalink)

have a look at XFCE which is very gnome2-like and a lot lighter. BUT if you want to step up in functionality and go even ligther have a look at something like fluxbox and / or awesomewm. But be warned: those aren't desktop environments just window managers and maybe not that beginner friendly.

As Email client I can recommend claws-mail which starts up right away (under 10 seconds) with 10.000++ Emails in several folders and as of 16.12.2011 [1] it seems to be avaiable for windows, too, but I have no expierience with claws-mail and windows.

Btw: I hear you considering your problems with a webcam, but I managed to get skype and flash-chats running with a webcam on a x86_64 system -- so it is possible. And I only had one skype crash so far :)

[1] http://www.claws-mail.org/win32/

Posted April 12th, 2012 - 12:30 pm by from Jonsdorf, Germany (Permalink)
Vielen Dank Moritz,

I will give XFCE a try, and claws mail looks very interestin, too
As I am not a beginner, I was thinking, to write my own desktop already, but I prefer the lazy version.

Posted April 12th, 2012 - 5:13 pm from Bremen, Germany
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Posted May 19th, 2012 - 9:08 pm by from Biella, Italy (Permalink)
I think that XFCE actually is the best choice. I've kept Ubuntu 10.10 installed on my notebook until the 12.04 release. Now I'm working on Ubuntu Studio 12.04 (a fatter Xubuntu distro, with preinstalled software for designers).
Everything works very well.
I just have installed Nautilus instead of Thunar, since it's faster, and Gnome-Do that simplify the access to any application.

I suggest you to try Xubuntu, or if you prefer a rolling release distro, try Linux Bridge with a XFCE desktop (the architecture is based on Arch Linux).

If you want to keep using windows, install VmWare,i t's like VirtualBox but faster and it supports drag&drop ;)

Posted July 3rd, 2012 - 11:32 am by from Belgrade, Serbia (Permalink)
FluxBox on Debian working very fast :)

Posted July 9th, 2012 - 9:31 am by from Jonsdorf, Germany (Permalink)
thanks for all the suggestions.
For my different computers (notebook, netbook, PC and tablet, and also my smartphone) I decided for xfce and thunderbird, thunderbird is a bit more convenient in exchanging files between computers than clawsmail, what I tried first. It is ver y fast email program but I am more used to the settings in Thuinderbird,
I stay with openSuse, only try to fix a small problem, that is the monitor size of my netbook, it is only 800x480, and the Geode driver is not supported in xorg anymore, it seems.