This past week, my desktop for Debian Sid stopped loading the windows
manager at log in. It's to be expected since I'm running the unstable
branch. One of the great things about Open Source is having the ability
to rapidly change the software you're using. I was able to quickly
change my Linux desktop environment to work around the issue. If I
didn't want the issue to occur I'd run Debian Stable.
First, I tried to find a log that would easily point me in the
direction, but I didn't see one right away.
Next, I booted into the Classic Gnome shell, which was fine, but I felt
very unsatisfied. At this point, I fired up the shell and installed a
new desktop manager.
Next, I tried OpenBox which worked, of course,
since it's super simple and has little dependencies. I didn't find it
super practical for daily use. If you have a server that you must have a
windows manager running, it would be my choice.
Then I remembered XFCE! I quickly installed it
and fell in love with it's simplified interface, but snappy interface. I
At first I thought my productivity would lower, but I'm thinking it
might actually be better. There's less cool stuff going on, so I can
focus on the task at hand. Plus it's so darn fast it's amazing. Looks
wise it's not a design winner,but it's also not really horrifying
I'm going to run XFCE for the next 30 days and see how I feel then.
Maybe I'll follow up.
12/5/13 I'm still running XFCE and I've switched to it at work as well.