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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Bob,
by dpi on Tue 11th May 2004 01:22 UTC

"Is that really relevent to most people?"

Most people from where? On OSnews.com? On Slashdot.org? Sure, that would be very much mostly. From UK? From USA? Sure, though there are poor people in 1st world countries as well. Or.. from Hungary, Spain, Brasil, the Harsh Streets? Poor people are still more common than rich people... at least in my world, unfortunately this is true.

"Most people on these boards use their computer for hours every single day and can happily afford new computer parts based on how much they use it."

I think you underestimate the power to perceive information from what is now the largest knowledge vault of our societies, ever known: Internet. Or underestimate the power one can type, edit and print something for school on their computer. Or the power to learn a computer instead of hanging around on the streets. Or the power to communicate electronically with people far away, using e-mail or chat.

Rather something than nothing at all; XFce4 allows this something, while not top-notch, to be powerful. Because of this, i say: XFce4 has its place, and i'm thankful for its existence (my whole point in 1 sentence)

"Why confine yourself to XFCE because you're too cheap to spend a few $100 on something you use every single day?"

I never said i do. I have more than enought nice hardware. Though not the latest of the greatest for other reasons, i am more than happy with what i currently have (using GNOME currently).

According to my definitions of "dirt cheap" hardware is cheap enough to be defined as really "dirt cheap" when it is given away for free in quantities. This means new hardware cannot be dirt cheap as of now, though Bill Gates prefers to see it different in the future. Like with Unicef: it costs little, and it creates so much chances for people, that it feels better to give a bit of money than doing nothing at all. You don't feel it in your purse; others do, heavily. You don't feel it when you give that old computer away either, given it is so out of date that you can easily afford that new "dirty cheap" hardware to run the latest of the greatest.

As done in my previous posts i've already explained why XFce4 is important and made a difference. Perhaps it doesn't for you, feel free to whatever suits you. Like i said: "to each his/her own"!

Off to sleep...