Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Apr 2009 13:16 UTC
Xfce The Xfce team has released the first bugfix release in the 4.6.x tree of the Gtk+ desktop environment, Xfce 4.6.1. "The first bugfix-release of xfce 4.6 has been released. Thanks to all the people who have been using xfce 4.6 and took the time and effort to submit bugreports for stuff that wasn't quite working the way it is supposed to. We have been able to fix several issues during the past few weeks."
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RE: Progress is good.
by elsewhere on Mon 20th Apr 2009 04:31 UTC in reply to "Progress is good."
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In spite of being lightweight, they have done an excellent job of making it user friendly, configurable, and pretty.

What does lightweight mean? Other than the file manager, what applications are native to XFCE, in that they leverage a shared framework for resource efficiency?

Once you launch Firefox or OOo, the resource usage will spike regardless of the DE being used, because they're not native to any particular environment.

Granted, GTK-only apps may spare some resources under XFCE, but for what overall benefit? Gnome and KDE have native applications, such as browsers, media and office apps, that may be lacking in certain capabilities compared to their popular counterparts, but leverage the existing DE framework for efficiency. That's the point of a DE, versus just being a WM.

Note, I'm not knocking XFCE. It's a fine alternative compared to Gnome or KDE etc. as an alternative interface.

But I really don't get the whole "XFCE is so much lighter" argument. I've tried it from time to time with each release. Sure, it loads a little bit faster and is a bit snappier, but once you start actually loading apps, there's really no difference. In fact, I'd say that Gnome and KDE have an advantage in terms of apps that leverage those native frameworks.

XFCE is interesting, and for people that prefer a different interface, all the more power to them, I think it's always good to have alternatives. I just think the whole "it's lighter" thing is misleading. Without native applications, the applications average users run will use additional resources that will ultimately render XFCE's lower footprint moot, compared to a simple WM. Better to find a different angle to stress, at this point.

Just my 2c...

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