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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It's the combination! :)
by dpi on Mon 10th May 2004 23:11 UTC

"[...] still, aint nothing like FluxBox, or, if you wanna bite the bullet, OpenBox [...]"

Point taken, and to each his/her own.

However what i like so much in XFce4 is that it is both lightwight and user-friendly. Sure, KDE runs well on stuff like P2's, but those are more expensive than P1's. Blackbox/Fluxbox/Openbox/IceWM runs fast on P1's, but not as user-friendly as as XFce4.

Say a poor family may chose between to buy 3x a P1-200 (with *Box or XFce4) or 1x a P2-350 (with KDE/GNOME) while the family consists of say 5 kids and 2 parents. What would you recommend? What about a NGO where work has to be done?

Really, XFce4 combines lightwight _and_ user-friendly so well it makes perfect sense in loads of situations where either KDE or *Box simply isn't an option.

I'm very thankful for its existence.