Posted Feb 22, 2007 0:31 UTC (Thu) by rfunk
In reply to: bloat?
Parent article: Xfce 4.4: The best lightweight desktop environment (Linux.com)
You're right that is isn't XFCE's fault specifically, but it's KDE's advantage to have a
high-quality mail client and web browser that don't add much memory use to the system.
I used to use Sylpheed. Not bad for a simple graphical mail client, but both Kmail and
Thunderbird blow it out of the water. I have no desire to go back there.
Your use of "hypothetical" helps make my point as well. Since there isn't such a thing
that doesn't depend on either Gnome libraries or Mozilla framework (RIP Galeon 1.2), I
take what I can get (for similar functionality). What I can get results in no memory gain
Granted, as far as XFCE itself goes, it is impressive at giving functionality equivalent to
KDE at a lower memory cost. But I need a high-quality mail client and browser running.
The only way to get that in XFCE is to add either the Mozilla framework, the KDE
libraries, or the Gnome libraries, with no net memory reduction compared to an all-KDE
Of course, if I used Firefox rather than Konqueror as my browser in KDE, the story would
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