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Dream desktop [Jun. 12th, 2004|01:32 am]
Arvind Narayanan
[[Screenshot of desktop deleted because it was making the page too wide. Link to screenshot.]]

That's my dream desktop. "What?!", I hear you ask, "but there isn't anything on it". That's true. I value speed and functionality more than eye candy, and that's why I'm not running nautilus (desktop and file manager). Nautilus uses too much memory and I don't do graphical file management being a long time command line geek. Those are my 5 most used apps in the panel at the bottom: gnome-terminal, firefox, xmms, drivel, and abiword. All have startup times of 1 second or less: gnome-terminal: 0.5 sec, firefox: 1 sec, xmms: 0.5 sec, drivel: 0.5 sec, and abiword: 1 sec. After startup, response is almost always instantaneous. The best thing is its on thoroughly mediocre hardware: Athlon XP 1500+ and 256 MB DDR Ram. The white box to the right is a command prompt. Its great because it remembers history. I often do things like "/usr/local/firefox/firefox -P someotherprofile" and I don't want to start gnome-terminal just for that.
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From: sridharinfinity
2004-07-03 08:14 am (UTC)
I too used to disable nautilus in my gnome desktop. But now I switched to XFce which runs quite happily with my 128 MB RAM :)
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