Switching Between Window Managers and Desktop Environments

Stefan Jeglinski

Linux distributions typically include desktop environments like KDE and/or Gnome, and window managers like Afterstep, Blackbox, Ice, and/or WindowMaker. Each distribution sets a default, and each environment or manager has its advocates and detractors. Desktop environments like Gnome and KDE are generally slower than lean window managers like Blackbox or Ice.

the key is .xinitrc

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