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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RE[3]: Oh well
by Dasher42 on Sat 28th Feb 2009 00:08 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Oh well"
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You know, Thom, I agree with you on some points about CDE, but generally when I've had to use it I find it to be in the way. I am highly keyboard-centric and want things to respond as instantly as possible; alt-tabbing past the dock is an extra keystroke I don't want. The drawers are okay, but I find that they occupy screen real estate I'd rather keep unless I do the extra work to shut them down. Likewise for all the extra widgets on that dock; more screen real estate consumed. And if I want to get at everything I iconified, I have to get all the windows out of the way.

It seems to me that OSX's dock with an added option to keep its stacks open would have most of the merit that I see. KDE's Plasma could feature plasmoids on the desktop for minimized windows if you so pleased. I'm not sure we've left the realm of subjective preference though.

Usage patterns differ, obviously, and to me an app-centric Dock and command-Tab switching, consistent keyboard shortcuts, a nice tabbed terminal, and generally high responsiveness keeps OSX in my top spot for interfaces I use.

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