I have fought with myself whether or not i should ask this question but I find myself stuck and I need another expert opinion.
I can't seem find the right combination of display and window manager (and composit manager). I have tried so many different combinations but most of them don't work for me. I have been working with Linux for a few years now and currently I'm running Gentoo with GDM, Openbox(stand alone, Gnome aware) and xcompmgr.
But I have tried Metacity, Awesome and Fluxbox with and without Compiz, but always with GDM.
What I want: A lightweight, HIGHLY configurable environment that doesn't rely on mouse-input too much (except for web browsing and image processing). At 95% I work with multiple consoles and desktops on multiple screens.
What makes me ask is that most lightweight environments seem somewhat "unfinished" and show unexpected behavior quite often.
And of course I want an environment that's not TOO ugly to look at as I use it at an average of 10 hours a day. :) Any thoughts? What do you use in a similar situation? Thanks for any advice!

(Please excuse my english as I'm from Germany, btw greetings from Berlin ;)))

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I like XFCE. It fits that description pretty nicely, especially after you configure it's extra window manager options and keyboard shortcuts. IT also supports compositing well.

emerge the following for a good XFCE experience:

  • XFCE, plain and simple
    – Tog
    Dec 31, 2010 at 22:51
  • Thx I will look into it.. Jan 2, 2011 at 3:56

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