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 ( 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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by Tom Janowitz on Tue 18th Apr 2006 14:41 UTC
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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- 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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