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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@ gunnix
by dpi on Tue 11th May 2004 00:47 UTC

"I totally disagree with giving 3 computers to 1 family. If these people are poor I'm sure they can do without the energy cost of 3 computers running. Nevermind kids wanting to play computergames all the time, which is no good for anyone.
Rather get them 1x p2 350 with XFCE ;) or just 1x a 200mhz ... "

Point taken. I agree, especially when it is possible to distribute them over 3 families who need a computer.

"That's my tought, but I have no practical experience in this matter. I'm very interested in these things though and I want to do something like you do. Do you guys have a website"

Yes. The folowing places provide a platform for free Internet access to homeless people, squatters, or anyone else who has interest to experiment with Linux. They're also a social hangout ;)

Ascii, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands: http://www.scii.nl
Puscii, in Utrecht, The Netherlands: http://www.puscii.nl
Leeuwscii, in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands: No Website afaik. Not opened yet afaik. Last time i heard, they were almost there.
There's also one in Lyon, France but i forgot its name and website.

Feel free to take a look.

Hardware also gets distributed to other countries (ie. Spain) occassionally, but such shipments are quite expensive.

There might be projects like this in Belgium as well, i don't know. If you're really interested in starting one up, i'm willing to help where i can (i live in Dutch Limburg). If you want, i can also bring you in contact with other people who might be able to help you: people from Belgium, people from *SCII's.

At PUSCII (where i volunteer every once in a while when i can afford the trip) we experimented with WindowMaker, IceWM, Fluxbox, FVWM, and later with XFce4. While XFce4 is slightly slower than the other ones, users found it more convenient. So we chose XFce4 while we were running WMaker/IceWM/Fluxbox/FVWM before that for a few years. We started using XFCe4 around the time XFce 4.0.1 was out.

I'd say that based on my observations, XFce4 generally makes the learning curve to usage (browse, mail, file manager, print, mount floppy, etc) smaller than the other alternatives. Perhaps the standard configurations of the WM's were bad, i never thought about that.