Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Feb 2009 11:53 UTC, submitted by B12 Simon
Xfce It took them two years, but the Xfce team has just released Xfce 4.6.0, with a whole slew of improvements. Xfce started back in 1996 as a Linux equivalent of CDE, but soon diverged from that goal to stand on its own two feet, and by now it's safe to say that Xfce is the best of the rest - after KDE and GNOME. Xfce 4.6.0 seems to cement them further into that position.
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Xfce is a horrible name to catch.
by Jason Bourne on Fri 27th Feb 2009 15:39 UTC
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One of the things that is needed for Xfce to become number one is a name change. Seriously. KDE & GNOME are very catchy, but Xfce... did you ever try to spell this? What about spelling in a foreign language? Even more complicated? I wished I knew how to spell in french.

In all seriousness, If I were Olivier, I would change this name to something like Nebbia, Andromeda, XF², Modex, Orion... but eks-éf-see-ee is damn hard to hear, swallow, or speak.

I completely understand the *nix name and acronyms mania, but something like fwmn, xfce, lpqs, qxnp... is hardly human. Microsoft did its homework and chose the stupidiest name to name their OS/Desktop: Windows.

For example... You are not familiar to Linux and not even familiar with desktops. Suppose I present you the new desktop environment:


See what I mean?

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merkoth Member since:

I heard some people saying "x-face" for example. That isn't that bad... I don't know if it's official or not, though.

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Michael Member since:

I heard some people saying "x-face" for example. That isn't that bad...

It sounds like a generic insult.

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prickett Member since:

Not as bad as when my eyes read Xfce and I hear in my head "X Feces".

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dvzt Member since:

That would be something based on wxwidgets, right?

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