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 = Gnome minus what?
by Lobotomik on Sat 28th Feb 2009 08:41 UTC
Lobotomik
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2006-01-03

XFCE paint themselves as some sort of Gnome lite, and they do share a lot of infrastructure with gnome, such as GTK and GSttreamer.

However, I have been unable to find out what is it that makes XFCE 'lite', in their website or elsewhere. What does Gnome have that is missing in XFCE? What would I miss if I switched? Can somebody point me to an explanation?

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RE: XFCE = Gnome minus what?
by spiderman on Sat 28th Feb 2009 09:10 in reply to "XFCE = Gnome minus what?"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

You would miss CORBA/bonobo and mono and a lot of over-the-top engeneering. XFCE does the same things with a simple design. The interface is not the same but can be tweaked.
To be fair, there are some things that XFCE does not have still, like at-spi integration (accessibility)

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RE: XFCE = Gnome minus what?
by rajan r on Sat 28th Feb 2009 10:04 in reply to "XFCE = Gnome minus what?"
rajan r Member since:
2005-07-27

Better software engineering, perhaps?

For example, Thonur vs. Nautilus: Nautilus used to be so slow, I could go out and fetch a nice cup of coffee between lag times. Looks pretty, yes, but not very efficient.

GTK+ isn't GNOME's speed bump.

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