[Tutor] new Linux Installation

dman dsh8290@rit.edu
Fri, 26 Oct 2001 23:00:57 -0400

On Fri, Oct 26, 2001 at 06:37:56PM -0400, Lloyd Kvam wrote:
| I am setting up a new Linux server so that I can use Python scripts
| for CGI processing.  I decided to also include a GUI interface.  It
| is time to join the 21st century.
| I have a choice of Gnome and KDE.  Does it matter?  Presumably I
| will be using Tkinter for Python based GUI programming.  Does
| Tkinter care?

GNOME is better <wink>.  Well, that's my opinion -- I just like the
way it looks better.  I use sawfish as the window manager with GNOME.  

As far as python and tkinter are concerned, all you need is an X
display.  Having a window manager to manage that display makes using X
much much more useful and comfortable, but isn't essential.  There are
many window managers available, Kalle mentioned some of them.  GNOME
and KDE are desktop environments.  That is, they provide a number of
useful services for applications (to reduce reinvention of the wheel)
and a common look-n-feel.  Both desktops have a panel with a menus,
pager, launchers, and other applets.

Try both desktop environments, try different window managers, try a wm
without a desktop, see which setup you like best.  You can always
remove the unwanted one later.