I'm a linux newbie. I just installed Red Hat 7.1 ( 5 cd rom set )
this past weekend.
I'm on a gateway box with 191mb ram, and a Pentium 2 333mhz processor
Please forgive if this post sounds ignorant. I am fresh in from
and don't know the linux jargon yet.
I asked some of these questions before, but I got confused with new
information and I want to make sure that I understand the window
manager/desktop situation before I begin making changes to my system.
Okay here is what I *think* about the gui interface situation. Am I
1. The gui interface to linux is X-Windows. The latest, greatest
is X-11. X-Windows is proprietary so linux uses Xfree86.
2. Not everyone likes using X-windows as is, but that is cool as
is extensible with "window managers" that sit on top of X-windows.
alter the look and feel of x and offer other functionality.
3. In addition to window managers there are "desktops" which perform
same functions as window managers but add a lot of extra
For example KDE, gnome.
Here are my questions:
1. I really like KDE. However, it is _slow_ in bringing up windows
apps. Short of upgrading my hardware, can I do anything to make KDE
2. I've heard that some windows managers are faster then others. Of
faster ones which offer the 3 control buttons you find in the upper
corner of ms windows. I use ms windows at work so I would like to
(only) that much similar.
3. I've read that some windows managers can gui apps made specifically
other windows managers. Will all gui apps made for x run in any
manager? Which of the faster windows managers will run kde and gui
Thanks in advance