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Xfce is the way to go. They've built something which is, in my opinion at least, better than GNOME2, rather than just trying to hold on to the past. Simple, fast, configurable. The right philosophy.
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Posted Nov 10, 2012 6:32 UTC (Sat) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
It's a nightmare to configure compared to Gnome 3. There are a hundred little files and changes you need to make all over the system to get anything done. On multiple occasions I find myself mentally reverse engineering various XFCE features to try to figure out how to get things working properly.
It's not terrible, but it's certainly not simple or easy to setup. I put a huge personal investment in time back in the day to get a custom Linux desktop setup how I like that, but I abandoned that approach long ago when Gnome finally got usable around 2.8 series. I suppose if I stuck with editing rc files and such XFCE would be easy, but right now it seems like a huge step backwards.
Posted Nov 11, 2012 15:35 UTC (Sun) by dskoll (subscriber, #1630)
There are a hundred little files and changes you need to make all over the system to get anything done.
Could you give examples, please? I use XFCE on a number of machines and have never edited an XFCE configuration file. I've done all the (minimal) configuration I needed through the graphical XFCE settings manager.
Posted Nov 11, 2012 18:30 UTC (Sun) by cmccabe (guest, #60281)
When I do want to change something, I use the control panel, accessible from the bottom menu bar. You can also right-click on various things to get configuration menus that way. It's basically the same as GNOME2 as far as configuration goes, except GNOME2 had that horrible registry thing, and Xfce just uses files (I think?) But that's just an implementation detail.
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