I'm using Redhat 9.0 in Vmware on an XP host, and have dedicated 92 Megs of RAM for the linux to run on. THis works just fine in text mode, but when I load the gui desktop it runs out of memory and starts paging like mad. Now I understand why the installer recommended 192 Megs RAM! Isnt there a lighter GUI which is less of a memory hog? M winnt server guest does better!
My needs for a gui are simple:
* Run Mozilla
* Gui emacs
* Perhaps the redhat updater (im still trying to decide if its worth it)
* Taskbar which allows multiple instances of above apps (so i can view several webpages at once)
Thats it! Anyone have experience with this topic?
Oh, I'm a bit of a Linux newbie (though comfortable with the basics), so be gentle ;)
Gnome and KDE are desktop environments, meaning that they're not just window managers. They also add a whole bunch of their own extras (tools, file managers, tidbits, etc etc etc) to XWindows. Perhaps what you're looking for is something like FVWM or LiteStep (check out fvwm.org or litestep.org, although both should be available on the RedHat install CD).
I run a fairly text-only Linux box, but I install X commands. Then I run X-Win32 (an X server for Windows) on my Windows box. I’m always SSHed into the Linux box, and I have SSH configured to forward X connections, so when I want to run any X app, I just type the command in SSH, and voila, it runs in Windows. Not running the entire KDE or Gnome desktop significantly reduces the amount of memory and other resources the Linux box needs to use to run an X app. It’s probably even better than running a smaller window manager.
I’d be glad to offer details on how to do this if anyone’s interested.
Can this be done with PuTTY? I know this program supports forwarding of X? Doesn't it?
Yes, that’s exactly what I use (when I need to forward X over SSH), actually. You don’t have to forward X connections over SSH, really, but you can. I would definitely do it if forwarding X connections over a high-speed but insecure network. But on your own firewalled LAN, there’s really no reason to use the SSH method. (I know I said that’s what I do, but now that I think of it, I don’t bother to forward connections over SSH. An X-Windows server is all that’s necessary.)