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    window managers and widgets?

    So, I see a few threads on distro's and front-ends, but I don't see many references for what window managers people are finding useful under linux for car computers (sure this might be considered a "front-end", but it doesn't seem that is what the other threads are about). I've found Matchbox which looks interesting, and have seen a couple people are using fvwm (ewww), but neither of these seem like great choices so far.

    I wouldn't mind using a "bare bones" window manager like fvwm if I found a good widget set (eg. from adesklets/gdesklets, etc) that could do configurable and collapsible menus, or just a decent side-bar launcher, etc.

    Anyone else out there have some suggestions?

    (ps. I will be using a lcd/touchscreen, so "one-touch", or just left mouse button usage is important)

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    the only thing I've used so far is KDM, but i guess it is best for the desktop, than the car
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyN
    the only thing I've used so far is KDM, but i guess it is best for the desktop, than the car
    I'm guessing you probably meant KDE (KDM is the login manager for KDE). Anyway...

    There are alot of options, including things like Qt Embedded if you want to keep things really simple but that's not a window manager, at least not in the common sense.

    KDE is usable even though it's a heavyweight desktop/window manager, if you turn off all the extra "goodies". I wouldn't use it though unless you a) have a need to use other KDE-only apps and/or b) your frontend requires it. With everything disabled, from a cold boot (not hibernation) I'm going from startx to a usable KDE-based system in about 10 seconds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sth
    I wouldn't mind using a "bare bones" window manager like fvwm if I found a good widget set (eg. from adesklets/gdesklets, etc) that could do configurable and collapsible menus, or just a decent side-bar launcher, etc.
    Sure, You can use a WM such as FVWM and use QT for your application. QT is the toolkit used by KDE. Of course, you can run KDE apps in any Window Manager.

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    So far I'm liking Fluxbox. It's fast on my slow SBC. I'm still on the bench, but I run it on a stripped down Debian server distro.

    You can run GTK and KDE apps by installing the libs.

    This is so fun.

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    Sth, try WindowMaker as it sounds simular to what you're wanting. Very thin, very configurable, and I believe left click invokes the menu by default. I dropped to it from KDE for a thin GUI to launch games with minimal overhead (I was into large custom maps in UT2004).

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