Originally Posted by Shrak
. Otherwise I'd just drop X altogether and go full tmux for all my tiling needs.
As to file managers though, I'm not a fan of them at all for anything outside of pictures or videos that are helpful to have a visual aid.
The biggest reason I don't bother with KDE apps for the most part is one of the hottest topics and something that is supposedly being worked on. And that is that if you have a program that requires even 1 library from KDE, then you have to download the whole of KDE. And this to me, is a "no es bueno" situation. I like keeping things light and small. I keep my root partition at about 4GB's on most installs which is just enough for the kernel, the inevitable GTK libs from having Firefox and my basic software. This leaves me with the most space for other, quite frankly, more important things on my home / storage partitions ( all backed up regularly of course ).
Judging by this you really aren't at all far from never needing more than multi-user terminal and that's a good thing for people to know.... that you can actually do a lot just from there, especially if they break X. Hopefully, they know there are clients that can put you in touch with help even just from terminal.
That said, and even as comfortable as I am on terminal only, I didn't work this hard nor spend this much time and money to not have eye candy bling when it doesn't get in the way, so although I boot to CLI and get things done there, usually I'm in X pretty quickly, and I suppose I spent way too much time on early GUIs where File Manager was God, so I require a GOOD one.
I'm not sure I understand this concept of having to install "the whole thing" regarding KDE. When KDE4 dropped KPackage, which I love, installing a few libraries brought it back for me. There is a video on youtube of how to install Kwin on Xubuntu (he says it isn't exactly Xubuntu but it has zero Gnome or KDE on it) and he downloads the following
Originally Posted by kwin tutorial
This is enough to get the full Kwin compositor along with all the themes, decorations, effects, icons, etc. etc. etc. The video stays active while he downloads and installs through Synaptic and it takes less than 3 minutes for all of it and this guy is not fast LOL. That doesn't seem like very much to me, but then I haven't been a minimalist for a long time. In any case it isn't anywhere close to "the whole of KDE".