A few days ago we told you about unity, The desktop developed by canonical per Ubuntu and how many criticize or venerate him. previously in Ubuntu the desk was used Gnome in its version 2. But there are many people who do not know the terminology of desk and differences with respect to window managers.
What is a Window Manager?
A window manager is a program responsible for displaying the different programs we run on a graphical interface, but only that. It is neither responsible for managing the networks to which we are connected nor for viewing our files or being able to increase the volume of sound.
And a Desk?
We can refer to a very technical definition but what it would cause is more confusion. Simply put, a desktop is a set of applications, applets, programs that are put together to simplify the use of the PC. So on a desktop we not only find a window manager that manages the graphical interface but we also find a network manager, and audio with its corresponding volume indicator. We also have quick access to our files through a file manager, etc ….
The difference is that while a window manager is a part, the desktop is a set of programs designed to give functionality.
Why do we think it is essential to know this? Because there are many who talk about window managers as if they were desktops and then find that nothing can be done. Also knowing allows us to play with the system so we can install Ubuntu and change the graphical interface of unity by a fluxbox ( a window manager) Accelerating the system a lot and keeping desktop programs like nautilus or he network-manager.
Desks are few and some well known as KDE, Gnome, Xfce, LXDE, E17 o Cinnamon. unity is on horseback desktop and window manager. In the first instance it was a window manager that was used on Gname, but version after version they are modifying it to such an extent that today many consider it a desktop.
Among the best known window managers are Fluxbox, Openbox, Metacity o Icewm others.
If anyone reading us has been able to research and install multiple versions of Ubuntu they will have noticed that there are distributions called: Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu or Linux Mint. Well they all are Ubuntu but with different desktops and in the case of Linux Mint they are changing up to system usage. like this Xubuntu is Ubuntu with the desktop Xfce, Kubuntu is with the desktop KDE i Lubuntu is with the desktop lxde.
I hope you have explained it to me well. Tomorrow I will talk about window managers, a very interesting and very unknown topic. Hello.
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