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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Full of GUI goodness
by moleskine on Mon 6th Nov 2006 10:45 UTC
moleskine
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2005-11-05

I can't see what all the fuss is about in everyone's postings. I mean, how good does XFCE have to be?

It is completely free.
It is well maintained.
With only a few tweaks, it can be made to look absolutely gorgeous.
Its modular design means you only have to install and load plugins you actually want.
It comes with a fast file manager as standard.
It successfully walks the line between barebones-spartan (e.g. fluxbox) and kitchen-sink (Gnome or KDE).
It's fast, stable and fairly easy on resources.
It lets me - though maybe not you - run all my favourite apps with no problems.

Imho, this is all something to be very grateful for. XFCE isn't perfect and there are a few things it can't do, or do well, which it probably should. But it's a great alternative to KDE, which can seem just too much, or to Gnome, which can seem sluggish and control-freaky (not to mention poorly designed in the case of Gnome's squash-in-amateurish-old-icons panels).

XFCE is now my standard desktop. It says a lot for the team that they've come from backfield to being one of the three top contenders for a Linux desktop DE if you want more than the basics (in which case fluxbox is heard to beat, imho), and maybe the top contender if you have a slower machine.

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