Greetings folks. Quick update.
As was discussed on the previous post, I am confirming 2 things.
Yes we will use LXDE
- My previous resistance to going with it for something new was mainly in the fact that it has been clearly stated that LXQT is the path forward. But after some analysis, playing with both, I can safely say I still prefer LXDE. Cannot seem to connect to LXQT. I feel safe enough that both are still being worked (albeit one slower than the other for obvious reasons)
Yes there will be a i3 window manager version.
- Personally I have been using i3 as a primary UI for nearly 10 years.I made the switch for my own use back in 2011 or 12 (cannot remember exactly honestly) and as is well documented, when a tiling WM clicks, its hard to go back. Its an efficient low memory way to work. Its not everyones cup of tea however, and I understand that, so we will obviously keep both. There are also times when a traditional desktop works better (games is one example) and programs that you have to fiddle with to behave properly on a tiling window manager. Almost every system I use has i3, then some other window manager for the occasion that its just faster to switch briefly to do whatever you need rather than jumping in and messing with a config on an airplane with no sleep. When doing core work however I am a very happy i3 user, and rarely have a problem that I cannot adjust to stay in i3.
What other core packages should we make sure are installed by default?
- There has always been a balancing act between image size and functionality. Back in the old days its was to try and make sure the image could fit on a single CD. That has kind of gone away now with USB media for the vast majority, but its still a thing, and I prefer to keep things as lean as possible and let the user decide what they want. The mantra this year is “Modern Simplicity” - A modern OS without the bloat that you can install on most anything and make it your own.
Early alpha shots of LXDE and i3