Linked by Rahul Gaitonde on Mon 10th May 2004 18:41 UTC
Xfce Before we begin, here's what XFce's website has to say about itself: XFce is a lightweight desktop environment for unix-like operating systems. It aims to be fast and lightweight, while still being visually appealing and easy to use. It's based on the GTK+ toolkit version 2.
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Very nice + LuitLinux XFCE-based LiveCD
by -=StephenB=- on Mon 10th May 2004 20:25 UTC

Ironically enough, this article popped up on the front page at just about the same time as I finished downloading a copy of the LuitLinux ISO (a small Knoppix-based liveCD that uses XFCE 4 as its desktop - http://luitlinux.sarovar.org/). My comments:

- The flash demos on the XFCE site (under screenshots) are a great idea, they're the main thing that got me to try it.

- It would be nice if there were a simple setting to "use iconbox instead of taskbar" - I couldn't find a method to disable the taskbar entirely through the GUI.

- It would also be nice if there were a way to make a panel entry *only* act as a menu - whether you click the menu widget or the button itself.

- This may sound like an odd comment, but I'd actually like to be able to use the new spatial nautilus to draw XFCE's desktop and act as its filemanager. Hey, it's the closest thing I've seen to BeOS' OpenTracker on *nix.

All in all, playing around with it quite impressed me. Great for middle-of-the-road power users like me - aka people who want something simple enough that it "just works" most of the time, but robust/flexible enough that it can allow you to more efficiently perform common tasks.