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Mike Chambers
April 2nd, 2009, 03:21 PM
i put debian 1.3.1 "bo" on my 386 recently, and i'm trying to find a good X11 window manager. i am using FVWM, but i don't like it. anything better and just as lightweight?? :o

hexsane
April 2nd, 2009, 04:07 PM
http://freshmeat.net/projects/windowmaker/

I used that a lot back in the day.

-Matt

barythrin
April 2nd, 2009, 04:19 PM
Not sure what else would be that light weight. I used to use afterstep just because it was the most powerful but without the complete clutter kde and gnome have but I'm not sure it'd run well on a 386 either.

Unfortunately it's been long enough I don't recall what kernel I was on. It took me long enough finding a distribution that would still run on something lower than Pentium though (long story but I ended up with TurboLinux at the time on my 486).

Mike Chambers
April 4th, 2009, 02:45 PM
thanks for the suggestions, guys. tried them both out. both look very nice. that 386 gets painful to use with either of them though. even fvwm is slow really.

maybe a machine like that is destined for console-use only. :o

chuckcmagee
April 5th, 2009, 02:03 AM
I don't really know why you are complaining about fvwm. Just fire up a terminal window and load everything by hand! That's what I always seem to do with fvwm2. Most of the prefab icons are all obsolete these days.

Here, repeat after me:

/usr/local/bin/firefox/firefox.sh&

konqueror&

gnome-terminal&

nautilus&

Mike Chambers
April 5th, 2009, 02:08 AM
I don't really know why you are complaining about fvwm. Just fire up a terminal window and load everything by hand! That's what I always seem to do with fvwm2. Most of the prefab icons are all obsolete these days.

Here, repeat after me:

/usr/local/bin/firefox/firefox.sh&

konqueror&

gnome-terminal&

nautilus&

hehe. that's basically how i have been using fvwm. the machine it's on only has 4 MB of RAM, so it's already getting into swap space a little before i even start X. is it even possible to get firefox on that thing using that old kernel? it'd be unbearable, but would be interesting.

chuckcmagee
April 5th, 2009, 02:46 AM
Ack, I am clueless on the firefox question! Spaced out the fact that this is on a 386 with 4MB. Amazing actually. I am hard pressed to get modern distros to run well in 512MB. 768MB seems to work much better. I did try 256MB in a virtual machine once, I can't remember if linux even came up properly or not now.

TNC
April 7th, 2009, 02:34 AM
try openbox or fluxbox. They are very lightweight and fluxbox supports window tabbing (very useful on small displays!) :)

Mike Chambers
April 7th, 2009, 12:09 PM
Ack, I am clueless on the firefox question! Spaced out the fact that this is on a 386 with 4MB. Amazing actually. I am hard pressed to get modern distros to run well in 512MB. 768MB seems to work much better. I did try 256MB in a virtual machine once, I can't remember if linux even came up properly or not now.

yep it's getting to the point where modern linux distros are as resource hungry as vista. look at debian lenny or the latest fedora.

Mike Chambers
April 7th, 2009, 12:10 PM
try openbox or fluxbox. They are very lightweight and fluxbox supports window tabbing (very useful on small displays!) :)

i wonder if fluxbox will work on a machine that old. i do like fluxbox a lot.

TNC
April 10th, 2009, 04:23 AM
Why not? Fluxbox is pretty lightweight and I had it running on a 386dx-25 +387 with 20 MB ram and it worked perfectly. :)

Jorg
April 10th, 2009, 04:58 AM
I prefered Openlook, long ago.

chuckcmagee
April 10th, 2009, 11:52 AM
Chuckle, I didn't look to see how much ram was in a old Solo 2150 laptop I have. "Hey, let's try booting the linux livecd on here." Major LOL, it ran out of RAM trying to setup the initial ramdisk. I didn't even get close to getting it going.

Are you sure about the 4MB figure, as in, only has 4MB of ram. I am finding it hard to believe you could find much of anything that would run in 4MB.

Vlad
April 10th, 2009, 12:46 PM
Never messed with it but have you looked at Awesome WM at all?

TNC
April 19th, 2009, 06:33 AM
Any news yet? :)