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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XFCE is great
by Gallen on Mon 10th May 2004 23:53 UTC

I use XFCE all the time. I prefer it because it looks nice, works nicely, is simple and has a nice feature set. It runs on anything I own (which is some pretty old stuff) and starts faster than I could ever hope for.

For those that complain about UI design. I choose to do work with my desktop, not complain about a pixel here. Who cares if it takes 2-5 times as long to start my xterm. I only have to do it once. I really only click those buttons every once in a while and it gives me a nice pretty, uncluttered environment to work in.

xffm may not be the greatest, but it is fine to use, and it's not a hog like konqueror or nautilus. It takes no time for me to configure it to my liking and it works great.

For people think that KDE is the best for everybody for all purposes, perhaps they should just try sitting still for a while and listening. The world isn't using only KDE. I know very few people here at my university who choose KDE. Everybody else uses XFCE4.

That said, if you don't care about appearance, XFCE3 is the fastest thing around (except maybe twm or fluxbox, but it is still quite usable). It made my old P2 233 feel faster than my Athlon XP.

I hope people will understand that it's good that there are choices, and that XFCE is a great platform for getting work done. It may not be the best platform for Grandma, but it sure is the best for me with my physics and engineering.