iferdjani wrote:finally, not really related to this project, but what the heck is the difference between LXDE, fluxbox and all those things? i mean i know that LXDE is simpler faster lightweight, but i'm not sure about all the others lol.
Yay I'm not the only newb!
Um, but hopefully I can explain this correctly . . .
The way that Linux works is pretty different than windows (… or mac I guess) because there are literally hundreds of distributions of it.
But, that's only possible because the thing that actually makes Linux (the kernel as it's called) is the same in all those distributions (except when one decides to use an older kernel or ...etc it's still Linux).
Therefore, the things that make each distribution individual are all the applications (programs) included with that kernel. That's why the programs which allow you to see things (graphic user interfaces or GUI, they're also called Desktop Environments) can be entirely different between different distributions (or versions of that distribution as in Linux mint).
There are a lot of GUIs (←how do you make that plural??) for Linux. For example, there is Gnome, KDE, openbox, fluxbox, and more, like LXDE.
The differences between all these interfaces is obviously why some people will choose one over another. For example, Gnome and KDE are probably the 'prettiest' of all these, however, others are designed to run on systems which can't give as many system resources (ram, etc) to making the graphic interface pretty. Like LXDE.
So, to summarize, Gnome (or KDE) will give you a pretty desktop that will take more resources than something like LXDE which will take less resources... etc.
And we can see this (stolen from a recent Linux mint blog post):
RAM usage at idle:
Maximum RAM usage during the installation:
Boot time from Grub to the login manager:
Fluxbox: 31.16 seconds
LXDE: 26.79 seconds
Xfce: 26.46 seconds
Boot time from the login manager to the desktop:
Fluxbox: 3.32 seconds
LXDE: 3.77 seconds
Xfce: 9.63 seconds
… so yeah, we can see that LXDE is only second to Fluxbox in terms of least resources used... but thats because fluxbox is scary (no really, try the Community Edition)
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