Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Dec 2008 23:31 UTC, submitted by linuxlinks
Window Managers "Mainstream Linux distributions typically default to one of two desktop environments, KDE or GNOME. Both of these environments provide users with an intuitive and attractive desktop, as well as offering a large raft of multimedia software, games, administration programs, network tools, educational applications, utilities, artwork, web development tools and more. However, these two desktops focus more on providing users with a modern computing environment with all the bells and whistles featured in Windows Vista, rather than minimising the amount of system resources they need. For users and developers who want to run an attractive Linux desktop on older hardware, netbooks, or mobile internet devices, neither KDE or GNOME may be a viable option, as they run too slowly on low spec machines (such as less than 256MB RAM and a 1 GHz processor). This article seeks to identify the best lean desktops for Linux, for users that have old or even ancient hardware."
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RE: XFCE not that fast
by dindin on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 14:52 UTC in reply to "XFCE not that fast"
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I agree with you on XFCE. It is not that fast and in some cases I have found Gnome to be better. Hell, you load most og GnomeLibs anyways.

XFCE was good once a upon a time. But not anymore. I can customize Gnome to get the same look and trim the fat to get even better performance. XFCE had a good opportunity to change the way apps are developed using GTK - maybe some like a Mac with GTK but given that there is no difference between it and Gnome - Gnome wins out.

As far as I am concerned there is only two DEs - KDE and Gnome. I use Fluxbox but do not consider it a DE - it can be after you added serveral other programs that are not part of it. But none give the Internationalization/multi-linuistic features that Qt/GTK2 provide.

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