steanne wrote:i installed xfce on my lmde mate and haven't used mate since.
In terms of the fun stuff, consider a live dvd. linux bbq cream has a ridiculous number to explore and seeing which ones they included and how may give you a hint at what conflicts.
xenopeek wrote:I've not had any DEs clash with each other, though Compiz might be asking for trouble. What has worked for me in recently testing 20+ DEs and WMs was to create a new user account for each DE/WM that I tried. That way, the user account you try with a new DE/WM hasn't been "polluted" by settings and autostarts from other DEs/WMs and it will also not touch your current user account. It worked for me that way, but as always YMMV. Keep note of the packages that get installed as you install a new DE/WM, so you know what to remove if you've seen enough of it.
PatH57 wrote:and you could use a VM like yours and then play around with it to see if something clashes.
xenopeek wrote:It might have conflicted with Gnome Shell at one time, but no longer (at least not with current version, LMDE is one version behind IIRC). I can't recall it conflicting with MATE. But yes, if you've log in to the same account with both Cinnamon and MATE you'll have a bad time (irrespective of which you log in to, you'll have components of the other running from your polluted autostart config).
xenopeek wrote:Anyway, always best to experiment from LiveISO or VirtualBox
Linux Action Show had a cool product recommendation this week, the Zalman ZM-VE300 (http://www.zalman.co.kr/eng/product/Pro ... hp?Idx=674). External hard disk case that has a jog dial on the side and LCD screen to let you select any ISO file you have put on the hard disk (product comes with a hard disk) and then emulate a CD-Rom drive to the host computer with that ISO. Put a couple of LiveISOs on there, and experiment at top speed on real hardware without risking your main installation.
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