Thursday, July 13, 16:32 CDT
Well, I'm running Helixcode's GNOME distribution. They have it all nicely packaged for a number of Linux distributions, including Debian. (GNOME, if you don't know, is one of the big free software desktop projects.)
I don't know how long this is going to last. There's undeniably some cool stuff here, and I do prefer Sawfish to Enlightenment as a window manager, but sooner or later I imagine I'm going to wind up back with my old setup, occasionally using some GNOME program or another. Especially since there's still just a little too much bloat here for the whole system to run as smooth or load quite as fast as I'd like it to.
Ok, that's not really fair. When new software seems sluggish on your 5 year old machine, you probably shouldn't complain all that loudly. I do anyway, of course, but at least I know I shouldn't.
I suppose I should try a full KDE install on this machine, just to see what it's like. After I spend some more time evaluating GNOME, of course. (That's what I'm doing. Serious evaluation. Messing around aimlessly? Wouldn't dream of it.)