[CentOS] Dealing with 800x480 displays

Kwan Lowe kwan.lowe at gmail.com
Mon Jan 12 01:46:48 UTC 2009


On Sun, Jan 11, 2009 at 5:52 PM, Adam Tauno Williams
<awilliam at whitemice.org> wrote:
>> I've not used it, but have noticed that Gnome in particular uses lots
>> of screen real-estate versus other WMs.
>
> "GNOME" is not a window manager.  The real-estate required by various
> applications and dialogs won't change by switching window managers; all
> window managers do is decorate windows.

Educate yourself:
http://tuxtraining.com/2008/12/20/how-to-best-utilize-screen-real-estate-in-gnome

Window managers do a lot more than decorate windows. The toolbars, the
icon sets, the layout and placement of widgets "brands" the particular
window manager. And sure, if you want to be pedantic, the Gnome
desktop is more than the window manager.

Since this is a CentOS list, compare the default "Gnome" desktop
(i.e., choose Gnome from the display manager) and the default setting
has a couple toolbars, large window decorations, large fonts, etc.. On
my 24" monitor it won't make much difference, but on my 1280x800
laptop it's wasteful.


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