Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Nov 2006 17:40 UTC, submitted by bmeurer
Xfce The Xfce development team is pleased to announce that the second and hopefully last release candidate of the upcoming Xfce 4.4 desktop is available for download now. The release focuses primarily on bug fixes and optimizations; see the release notes for a complete list of changes. The source tarballs and the graphical installer are available from the download page.
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RE: Hope
by buff on Sun 5th Nov 2006 19:27 UTC in reply to "Hope"
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2005-11-12

I think they have stuck to keeping XFCE lightweight. The windows appear faster than under Gnome. I was testing it out and comparing it to the latest Gnome and XFCE4 has more responsive events such as opening, closing windows. On my system Gnome would pull up the window chrome (titlebar, frame) and then you could see it visually fill in the window. XFCE didn't have this visual delay it just popped into place. If you have a cutting edge system with the latest CPU, video card and 2 gigs of RAM then XFCE wouldn't really offer you a benefit since the minor window delays wouldn't be noticeable.

I think one thing to keep in mind is that XFCE comes with many beautiful themes. If you are looking for eye candy you can customize it to whatever you like, blending icons, window styles, etc. It can really look amazing if you take some time to tweak it.

I took a screenshot of RC2 running on Fedora 6. Thunar file manager is running with the XFCE Terminal application. Seamonkey browser 1.0.5 is set to the default browser and is showing the SeaGnome theme. The desktop theme is Clearlooks silver modified with Bluecurve icons:
http://markbokil.org/images/xfce4-rc2.png

Edited 2006-11-05 19:43

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