Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Nov 2010 22:31 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Xfce "This release incorporates major changes to the core of the Xfce desktop environment and hopefully succeeds in fulfilling a number of long time requests. Among the most notable updates is that we have ported the entire Xfce core (Thunar, xfdesktop and thunar-volman in particular) from ThunarVFS to GIO, bringing remote filesystems to the Xfce desktop. The panel has been rewritten from scratch and provides better launcher management and improved multi-head support. The list of new panel features is too long to mention in its entirety here. Thanks to the new menu library garcon (formerly known as libxfce4menu, but rewritten once again) we now support menu editing via a third-party menu editor such as Alacarte (we do not ship our own yet). Our core libraries have been streamlined a bit, a good examplle being the newly introduced libxfce4ui library which is meant to replace libxfcegui4."
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1. I mention Unity because we're talking about something that will be shipped as default with Ubuntu, which is the main and most used Linux distribution. Ubuntu is so popular that the complexity of just having it as default is enough to cause changes in the entire desktop ecosystem.

Let's get some sense of perspective about Ubuntu and Linux' celebrity status here, the Microsoft of the Netscape days in 2006-2010. Canonical and Linus Torvalds might not be anti-trust bastards but even go back to Torvalds comments about MINIX in 1992 and I think the Professor has the pompous edge. But not the popular ideas.

Sure, GNU/Linux introduced UNIX-like software and kernel in a popular manner, that if not user friendly, is collabrative enough to get help where its needed.

But it has outgrown other projects, like *BSD, Solaris, BeOS, SCO(I'm gonna get hate mail) etc., although most of those were from 1991 onward.

Now things like the re-emergence of E-Comstation 2.0, Amiga and MorphOS, or ReactOS aren't getting backstabbed by Ubuntu's popularity. Their servers go with Amazon EC2 cloud, and 10.04 desktop had terrible bugs for an LTS version. Too many changes.

OpenBSD 4.0 had too many changes resulting in the second remote security install bug, although certain people need to run software on the BSDs and their customizations. Its a pity the OliveBSD desktop project for OpenBSD folded a few years ago.

2. GNOME-Panel will be another background force on behalf of GNOME Shell's rejection level.

I love the old GNOME-Panels. But the GNOME shell ruins it if its like a bleeding Start Menu. Enough of the Start Menus!! Kickoff Sh*t!!
TOP Applications/Places/System seperator... Quick Launch sep... you know the rest


Taskbar sep... Desktops sep... Trashcan [I wonder why
only Ubuntu uses one trashcan in the corner/Nautilus sometimes and doesn't place it on the desktop. At least from 9.10 previous. The one thing Ubuntu did best ;) ]

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