Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Apr 2006 21:17 UTC, submitted by Benedikt Meurer
Xfce The Xfce project has released the first beta in the 4.4 release cycle. "Xfce 4.4 beta1 (4.3.90.1) is now available for download. Xfce 4.4 features new tools such as the much anticipated 'Thunar' file manager as well as several huge improvements of its core components."
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perfomance
by Tom Janowitz on Tue 18th Apr 2006 14:41 UTC
Tom Janowitz
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2005-12-05

From what I see much of the difference comes from ultra fast themes. I installed it (XFCE-beta) and now using one of those themes under gnome - this _makes_ a big difference. With all clearlooks style themes lagging behind I thing I'm impressed how relatively little is required to change perceived responsiveness of the gui - thunderbird, right click context menu and menu itself - all act a lot faster...
As to the memory footprint - it look's like bare install of xfce4-4.3.90.1 takes some 40MB less than gnome. One can judge for himself what to choose - smaller memory usage or the more mature desktop env. Since even small apps. today eat up easily this 40 MB I don't give a damn. But for really low end systems this can be a boon.

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