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    well, if your gonna use twm you might as well use ctwm. Btw, Rubicon, do you know of any good desktops? I use fluxbox as my WM, but as you may know it doesn't have a desktop.

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    I've heard some good thing about ICE or whatever it's called. It's got a qwerky window manager though. I think it's one of those right click managers. I never had good luck with those...

    KDE is definitely the best but you're right on the boot speeds..it can take a WHILE. I like that background though, with the WRX.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLlama
    well, if your gonna use twm you might as well use ctwm. Btw, Rubicon, do you know of any good desktops? I use fluxbox as my WM, but as you may know it doesn't have a desktop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLlama
    do you know of any good desktops? I use fluxbox as my WM, but as you may know it doesn't have a desktop.
    Hmm... "$ apt-cache search" returns fbdesk and vdesk... you might want to give those a shot. I've just used whatever comes with KDE (Debian's kdebase package).

    Spent some time, long ago, looking at Blackbox, Fluxbox, WindowMaker, etc. Even tried out Enlightenment (briefly). Decided that if I was going to be using a desktop/window manager, I'd go for one that was at least marginally sane, if a tad bloated. I've so far avoided Gnome.

    Luck, but I'm not sure exactly what to tell you, as far as a generic desktop manager - try freshmeat.

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    Fiddled around with RH and Mandrake back in college on crappy old hardware, got frustrated and did not use linux for awhile... Then got back into it more when I needed to set up a dev server for testing code... Learning by using slackware made things painful, but picked up *nix pretty quick that way in terms of disk partitioning, custom kernel compilation, startup scripts, etc... Used DOS back in the day, so always been fairly familiar with CLI...

    I still don't do much compile from souce (Outside of kernel), prefer using apt-get and related distribution specific derivitives (Makes things so much easier).

    Currently have 2 linux systems:

    Running Slackware 10.0 on my web development / file server did slapt-get --dist-upgrade, but basically the same install for the past 2 years... compilied custom kernel

    Running FC2 on my MythTV box... ATRpms (http://atrpms.net/) made installation/configuration rediculously easy (Had so many issues trying to get IVTV working compiling from source)... Haven't gotten around to upgrading to FC3 or MythTV 0.17 (Everything is working)... But have been really impressed by the preformance / stability of the system, multimedia has come a long way on *nix platforms....

    Definately will be using linux in my carputer... no other way to get fast boot, reliability, no MS memory leaks... Plus it is really nice to be able to make configuration changes / troubleshoot via ssh or a web interface rather than direct interfacing via keyboard/mouse...

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    Started back in 2000, tried a few times to get Mandrake or Corel Linux installed, no success.
    In 2001 I fiddled around with redhat, got it to work, but it was just too much for me at the time.
    In 2002 I got a second computer and ran debian on it, was hooked instantly, and ran some popular game servers on it.
    In 2003 I tried Linux from Scratch. Built a few systems on it, I enjoyed it, but it was just too much work to keep up with. I briefly tried slackware, and then started to use Gentoo.
    In 2004 I began to dual boot my main machine between gentoo and windows, and now I run linux most of the time (only when I'm not playing games). Got a AMD64 install of Gentoo going. Also got gentoo going in my car.
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    Started back in 98 dual booting win & slackware on a friggen DOS partiton because i got tired of h4x0ring lame AOLers. Talk about a steep learning curve? Straight from Windows 95 AOL 3.0 VB3 programming, to a friggin black screen with some **** that seemed intresting. Slackware was no pice of cake, i had to recompile the kernel like 17 times on a 75mhz machine. Eventyally i somehow always found myself bind 8.2 ./xfer'ing myself onto red hat boxes accidently on purpose(peer pressure sucks).
    Today i have a home network server running slackware(linux distro with nice security) and a dual booted laptop running SuSe and Win XP.
    But back on track, my favorite distro would have to be Slackware
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    Started Linux with Yggdrasyl distro (kernel 0.99.2 or so), then went Slackware all the way. Actually bought and paid for the distro several times to sponsor Patrick Volkerding's development

    Now most of my systems run Slackware 9.1 or 10.0. Still working on a CarPC system cobbled together from Slackware parts on CompactFlash.

    Interesting to see most people using Slackware here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laidback
    Give us the specifics of the gps software you're running on your carpc.
    jbors is appearently working on something... with ETA already specified. I am really looking forward to see the results, so far he has proven himself reliable

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubicon
    Yah, I love KDE on the desktop (well, its better than Gnome, at any rate), but unless you've got a fast CPU, its got no place in a car pc.

    Try twm for curses goodness!
    why would you need any window manager on your caprc? thats same insanity like running explorer as shell under Windows and launching your frontend from startup group.
    why dont you specify your frontend in startx script instead?

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