Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Dec 2008 23:31 UTC, submitted by linuxlinks
Window Managers "Mainstream Linux distributions typically default to one of two desktop environments, KDE or GNOME. Both of these environments provide users with an intuitive and attractive desktop, as well as offering a large raft of multimedia software, games, administration programs, network tools, educational applications, utilities, artwork, web development tools and more. However, these two desktops focus more on providing users with a modern computing environment with all the bells and whistles featured in Windows Vista, rather than minimising the amount of system resources they need. For users and developers who want to run an attractive Linux desktop on older hardware, netbooks, or mobile internet devices, neither KDE or GNOME may be a viable option, as they run too slowly on low spec machines (such as less than 256MB RAM and a 1 GHz processor). This article seeks to identify the best lean desktops for Linux, for users that have old or even ancient hardware."
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RE[2]: XFCE not that fast
by irbis on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 15:27 UTC in reply to "RE: XFCE not that fast"
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Well, when I start Xfce from GDM it starts quicker than Gnome. Also Xfce clearly eats less system resources like RAM. Things like that can matter a lot if you run a slower and older machine.

Oh, and before someone throws the old line: "just buy more RAM, it's cheap", you know, older computers may not even support much RAM. Besides, there's no reason (except marketing by hardware companies) why everyone should buy a brand new fast computer every few years. A 10 years old computer that has maybe got a couple of small hardware upgrades should be capable of running everyday desktop tasks just fine today. It is because of too bloated desktop environments and applications if that is not possible.

At least Xfce still tries to support older and slower computers too while also offering a modern desktop environment experience and features. Too bad that they don't have huge developer resources, however. On the other hand many developer geeks of other bigger desktop environments (probably running quite fast and new computers themselves) don't sometimes seem to much care for users of older and slower computers.

You could also read my comment below concerning the new features of upcoming Xfce 4.6:

Edited 2008-12-02 15:40 UTC

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