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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For lightweight, it's IceWM or Fluxbox for me
by JeffS on Tue 18th Apr 2006 17:52 UTC
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I like Xfce a lot. It looks great, and it's faster than Gnome or KDE. I've sung it praises in the past.

However, I'm finding that Xfce is kind of a "tweener" - it's somewhere in between a full DE and a window manager. It doesn't have the full functionality/features of a full DE like Gnome or KDE, and it's not as fast as a pure window manager type environment like IceWM or Fluxbox.

If I'm on modern, fast hardware, it's Gnome or KDE for me. If I'm on older, slower hardware, IceWM and Fluxbox are awesome.

IceWM, in particular, as really grown on my. It's super fast - the fastest I've tried, and it looks great and is fully themable, and is fully extensible.

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