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Reasons that I Left Gnome and KDE


I stopped using Gnome and KDE in Linux environments for about 2 months. In this topic, I will talk about the reasons that led me to this path and my experience of use.

The name of the software that I replaced Gnome and KDE is dwm. It is a suckless util and stands for Dynamic Window Manager.


It is a tool developed based on the Suckless philosophy. It has been developed abstractly from all functionalities, with no features and runs on the X Window System. Super lightweight window manager that does not have a high-level abstraction and believes the config is directly the source-code itself.

What is Suckless philosophy ?

Keeping things simple, minimal and usable with a philosophy that develops tools with a focus on simplicity, clarity and frugality. Unfortunately, the software trend for complex, error-prone, and slow software seems to be common in today's software industry. Suckless tools aim to prove the opposite.

Suckless tools focus on advanced and experienced computer users. Unlike the usual proprietary software world or many mainstream open-source projects that focus more on average and non-technical end users, experienced users often feel overlooked. This is especially true for user interfaces such as graphical media on desktop computers, mobile devices, and so-called Web applications. Believing that the experienced user market is constantly growing with each user looking for solutions that are more suitable for their own working style

Designing simple and elegant software is much more difficult than allowing instant or over-ambitious features to hide the code over time. However, it has to pay this price to ensure reliability and ease of maintenance. In addition, minimalism results in reasonable and achievable goals. Suckless tools strive to maintain minimalism and clarity to guide development towards completion.

Reasons that I switched to Dwm

Comparison between Gnome, KDE and Dwm

Resource UsageBadAverage-GoodSuper Good
CustomizableBadGoodThere is no limit
Window SystemX / WaylandX / WaylandX (Can be modified to work on any other)
AccessibilitySuper EasySuper EasyHard
User BaseMostly end usersEnd Users / ProgrammersMostly Programmers
Use StyleClassic keyboard/mouse styleClassic keyboard/mouse style+%95 via macroing and scripting

The Way I Create My Os Environment

I use Fedora as an Operating System, but when I set up my system, I definitely install it with packages that I have specified from zero, not with straight logic. For example, I only install the X Window System, X Libraries and Network Manager during the installation phase. After the system is opened, I have a non-bloat, super lightweight, clean infrastructure to implement Dwm, Dmenu, St and Dwmblocks on top of it. After implementing those, in the next phase, I load the packages that I need in my daily life and work environment. I handle this step with a shell script that I specially prepared for myself, which includes the commands for installing and configuring the tools I need most. In the end, I get a clean, lightweight and resource friendly system that uses around 300-400MB ram on running my system rather than 1200-1500MB.


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VM Source: dwm-enhanced

Terminal Source: st-enhanced

Menu Source: dmenu-enhanced

Statusbar Source: dwmblocks-enhanced

Dotfiles Source: dotfiles

Vim Theme Source: nimda-vim

Reddit post of my environment as a rice: [dwm + st + dmenu + dwmblocks + picom] Blazing fast resource friendly DE

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