Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jan 2007 02:53 UTC, submitted by spectator
Xfce After more than two years of development, Xfce 4.4.0 has just been released. Xfce 4.4 features new tools such as the much awaited Thunar file manager as well as several improvements in its core components. Benedikt Meurer had also prepared a tour for the newcomers.
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RE: Just right
by Savior on Mon 22nd Jan 2007 08:27 UTC in reply to "Just right"
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"I'm surprised that more people aren't following XFCE, it isn't just people with out of date hardware who can benefit from a more efficient DE. In my opinion it's become just as mature and usable as larger projects like KDE and GNOME."

I do not know if I am in the target group of XFCE, but I believe so. I have a HP nx9010, Celeron 2.4 GHz laptop, with 700 MB memory (I had to extend it, 256-64 wasn't that great). I installed Xubuntu, and used it until a few days ago.

However, I installed KDE on the weekend, partly because I was not satisfied with ivman, and wanted to try it. And what I have found is... KDE seems much snappier. OK, maybe Mousepad starts quicker than KDE alternatives, but once loaded, the GUI just feels more responsive (maybe not Mousepad, but larger apps anyway). What surprised me the most, is that even Firefox and Thunderbirds seem to react quicker under KDE! How that can be is beyond me, I had already used the least demanding GTK theme.

The only issue I have with KDE is that the fonts do not look nearly as good under Firefox.

But good luck to XFCE anyway... it just didn't really work out for me. I miss the cute mascot, though ;)

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