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Is it possible to run gui programs on debian with no desktop environment?


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#1 TOMIS13LACK

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Posted 07 December 2016 - 10:07 PM

I want to know if it is possible to run a gui program, like firefox, without a desktop environment. I am doing this to reserve resources, as this is for a very low end computer. I want you to be able to run firefox from a command line with no desktop environment. Is this possible?

 

If it is not possible, are there any desktop environments that will not appear until "told to?"


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Posted 07 December 2016 - 10:12 PM

Try this

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Posted 07 December 2016 - 10:19 PM

 

If it is not possible, are there any desktop environments that will not appear until "told to?"

Yes, all of them


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Posted 08 December 2016 - 08:42 PM

I believe there are extremely minimal DEs (like Blackbox or FluxBox) which are as near as dammit non-existent. I think I'm right in saying that the late-lamented CrunchBang used to use one of these.....

 

 

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 06:03 AM

I want to know if it is possible to run a gui program, like firefox, without a desktop environment.


Yes, you just need a window manager.

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 10:25 AM

Yes a window manager will go.

I personally like jwm as its small but very functional


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Posted 13 December 2016 - 05:50 AM

After reading the article that Al posted above, yes there are a small group of users who could benefit from a Windows Manager, rather than a DE. One of the things that I like about the MATE DE of Linux Mint, not much resources used. Xfce provides further resource savings. :)

 

 

 

 I am doing this to reserve resources, as this is for a very low end computer.

 

Could you tell us a little more about your hardware, so that we may can assist you better? It's kind of hard imagining one having a computer that's in use that's older than two of my own (one unused since late 2013). These would be the IBM Thinkpad T42 with 2GB of DDR RAM & I believe a 1.73Ghz single core CPU, the other unused one is a Dell Dimension 2400, with 2GB DDR RAM, and a 3.06Ghz (Northwood) HT CPU. Both of which will still run good if called to duty, though not like the ones I have of 2006 origin or newer. 

 

If your hardware is older than those (both 2004 models), then you really have an antique on your hands. Still, I believe that even the two computers listed above would benefit from the Windows Manager, solely based upon the description. 

 

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