Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 24th Jan 2007 18:41 UTC, submitted by Michael
Xfce Here is an article that reviews the new features found in Xfce 4.4. Provides in details new features found in Thunar, new applets like Orage, and new abliities like built in compositing and ability to add desktop icons. Screenshots galore as well.
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I got something I wanted!
by Priest on Wed 24th Jan 2007 19:15 UTC
Priest
Member since:
2006-05-12

I used to think X was slow till I tried some alternate DE's and realized the slowness of my UI on older hardware was not really the fault of X at all.

I have always been intrigued by the smaller footprint DE's like Fluxbox etc., but lack of icons, and Gnome/KDE like task management has always prevented me from using them for anything but my anemic little test PC.

I recently gave XFCE a spin, and although it took me a bit to consolidate the panels to the bottom like this ( http://www.xfce.org/images/about/screenshots/4.4-3.png)

I have to say that it does exactly what I have always wanted: A sane UI like KDE and Gnome but with a fraction of the size and system resources.

I think it's too bad they didn't select XFCE for the OLPC program.

For once using low end hardware does not mean I have to use ancient Win98se or pull my hair out in frustration trying to accomplish something in Fluxbox.

Good job XFCE!

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RE: I got something I wanted!
by Doc Pain on Wed 24th Jan 2007 20:37 in reply to "I got something I wanted!"
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2006-10-08

"I have to say that it does exactly what I have always wanted: A sane UI like KDE and Gnome but with a fraction of the size and system resources. [...] For once using low end hardware does not mean I have to use ancient Win98se or pull my hair out in frustration trying to accomplish something in Fluxbox."

I can confirm this. XFCE 4.4 is really nice, even on slower x86 machines. With "slow" I mean those with less than 1 GHz; test machine here: 333 MHz, 256 MB RAM, FreeBSD 6.2. The system is still usable (with applications like OpenOffice, Opera, Sylpheed and MPlayer), allthough I prefer XFCE 3 on these systems. But this example shows that implementations regarding efficiency are still around, this makes me happy because I think you can't relativate lack of programming knowledge with increased computer power. :-)

To say it again: Well done, XFCE team!

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RE[2]: I got something I wanted!
by hal2k1 on Thu 25th Jan 2007 00:11 in reply to "RE: I got something I wanted!"
hal2k1 Member since:
2005-11-11

//I can confirm this. XFCE 4.4 is really nice, even on slower x86 machines. With "slow" I mean those with less than 1 GHz; test machine here: 333 MHz, 256 MB RAM, FreeBSD 6.2. The system is still usable (with applications like OpenOffice, Opera, Sylpheed and MPlayer), allthough I prefer XFCE 3 on these systems. But this example shows that implementations regarding efficiency are still around, this makes me happy because I think you can't relativate lack of programming knowledge with increased computer power. :-) //

If you are interested in the combination of ease-of-use (via Xfce 4.4) and reasonable speed on older hardware, I would tentatively suggest this distribution might be worth a try:

http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=03988#0
http://www.sam-linux.org/
http://sam.hipsurfer.com/news.php?readmore=7

It isn't quite ready for release yet, but it does come as a liveCD (which you can optionally install to hard disk) and it promises to be all of the things you might be looking for.

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