While full Desktop Environments like KDE or GNOME run well on the Eee, some people prefer a more minimal desktop environment or just a window manager, especially if they have a model with a smaller flash drive. Here are some of our users' choices, particularly slanted towards these needs.
Whichever Window Manager / Desktop Environment you choose, you need Xorg as well. For a minimal Xorg install for the Eee we suggest:
aptitude install --without-recommends xinit xserver-xorg-video-intel xserver-xorg-input-synaptics xserver-xorg-input-kbd xserver-xorg-input-mouse xfonts-base
And if you also want 3D support:
aptitude install libgl1-mesa-glx libgl1-mesa-dri
Window Managers / Desktop Environments
- GNOME: you may want to install gnome-core and gdm rather than the whole of gnome to save space
- KDE: similarly, consider kde-core and kdm instead of all of kde
Xfce : Fast, lightweight, visually appealing and easy to use desktop environment. You can install it by installing the xfce4 meta-package.
ratpoison: Keyboard driven window manager with no window borders or title bars, Keybindings very similar to screen(1). Takes no single pixel for unnecessary window frames, title bars or buttons. Windows are resized to fullscreen by default. Doesn't need you to use the touch pad or an external mouse.
flwm: Fast and Light Window Manager (the name says it all)
FVWM : F Virtual Window Manager. There's nothing you cannot do with this thing and it's one of the fastest window managers, but it needs some time to configure and quite some disk space.
awesome: fast and light tiling window manager
i3: Lightweight tiling window manager written from scratch.
Note: You don't need to install a login manager (e.g. gdm or kdm). If you don't, just ensure that xinit was installed (see minimal xorg install above; it's in 'xinit') and login on the console and run 'startx' to start the window manager / desktop session.
System Tray / Panel
trayer: Lightweight system tray from the FVWM-Crystal project and based on fbpanel. (In comparison to fbpanel a system tray only)
fbpanel: Lightweight panel (Taskbar, System Tray)
stalonetray: Lightweight system tray
xmobar: textual system bar which needs not much screen space.
dzen2 + i3status: textual system bar plus information feeder which needs not much screen space.