Xfce 4.4: The best lightweight desktop environment (Linux.com)
Posted Feb 20, 2007 20:03 UTC (Tue) by cantsin
Parent article: Xfce 4.4: The best lightweight desktop environment (Linux.com)
I'd go even farther than the author and argue that with version 4.4, XFCE
has become the better Gnome. The desktop is just as pretty, functional and
user-friendly, but runs on a fraction of the resources thanks to a lean
codebase and avoidance of middleware layers (such as Bonobo/Orbit, gconf,
scrollkeeper, evolution-dataserver, Mono etc.).
On top of that, it is
even better configurable. Being a non-desktop user on most of my machines,
I even managed
to tweak it into a behavior similar to fullscreen window managers like
Ion simply by adjusting keyboard shortcuts and window manager behavior in
XFCE settings panel.
At this point, XFCE is IMHO closest to what the mainstream user Linux/Free
Software desktop should have architecturally been from its beginning:
user-friendlier and more integrated than a raw fvwm or Window Maker,
yet strictly adhering to the Unix virtue of simplicity. XFCE currently is
the only integrated desktop that gives users back the feeling that
*BSD get more performance and value out of their machines. Kudos to the
XFCE developers for putting an end to about ten years deep frustration with
the direction of mainstream desktop Linux.
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