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How about XFCE?
by Quake on Mon 28th Nov 2011 16:19 UTC
Quake
Member since:
2005-10-14

I see a lot of discussions about Gnome 2, Gnome 3, Unity... but no love for XFCE.

I switched from Gnome 2 to XFCE (Ubuntu to Arch) and haven't looked back since. It's light, stable, and I can configure it with Compiz the way I like it.

So for those who haven't switched to XFCE, what are your reasons? Just curious.

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RE: How about XFCE?
by Jason Bourne on Mon 28th Nov 2011 17:00 in reply to "How about XFCE?"
Jason Bourne Member since:
2007-06-02

So for those who haven't switched to XFCE, what are your reasons? Just curious.


GNOME 2 was more polished.
XFCE looks like crap, I think. It may work like heaven, but it certainly doesn't look good and the name is crap. Developers want that way, let them be so.

If XFCE re-group its menus and do a GNOME 2 approach, not necessarily *clone* it, it will get better.

And that little mouse is something of a bad taste. Ugh!

Edited 2011-11-28 17:02 UTC

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RE[2]: How about XFCE?
by Quake on Mon 28th Nov 2011 17:11 in reply to "RE: How about XFCE?"
Quake Member since:
2005-10-14

Yes, I miss the menu which also included an easy way to access your favorite... but I don't think it's ugly, with the correct theme (greybird), it's not "ugly" in my opinion. And you can also change the mouse theme.

http://www.zimagez.com/zimage/screenshot-281111-120652pm.php

Edited 2011-11-28 17:13 UTC

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RE: How about XFCE?
by crhylove on Tue 29th Nov 2011 07:23 in reply to "How about XFCE?"
crhylove Member since:
2010-04-10

Right click does not work in far too many places, I really miss right click and drag and select move like in windows, and I believe in some versions of gnome 2. XFCE is great, but it's all these little details that make it not good enough for daily use.

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RE[2]: How about XFCE?
by Dave_K on Tue 29th Nov 2011 14:22 in reply to "RE: How about XFCE?"
Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

Right click does not work in far too many places, I really miss right click and drag and select move like in windows, and I believe in some versions of gnome 2.


You're talking about Thunar, XFCE's default file manager.

I find that a bit basic myself, but it's easy to install an alternative and set it as the default. If you like Gnome's file manager then you can run that in XFCE without any problems.

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RE: How about XFCE?
by pepa on Tue 29th Nov 2011 16:55 in reply to "How about XFCE?"
pepa Member since:
2005-07-08

Tried XFCE4 a number of times over the last year. Compared to Gnome2, I really miss:

- Nautilus as a Desktop manager, mainly for the freedom of positioning of icons (I use my Desktop like I use the top of my desk, I put current files on it). You can run XFCE with Nautilus managing the Desktop, but I also miss:

- The Gnome clock, with the multiple locations, sunlight-over-the-globe and weather reports.

- The Gnome volume control, that allows you to set the volume output “over 100%”, I don’t know yet how to do this in XFCE4 (though VLC will do this I think).

In one testbed I was running a mix of XFCE and Gnome (XFCE with Nautilus managing desktop icons, with 1 Gnome panel and 1 XFCE panel, the Gnome panel having the Gnome clock applet), but that sort of defeated the purpose, and it will still get outdated when Gnome2 is no longer maintained.

A better option than that for me would be Mate, but what I am running now on quite a few systems is Gnome-fallback (either based on Ubuntu, Mint or Debian), and that works well enough. I think it will be easier to maintain gnome-fallback when it is no longer deemed necessary (because of the graphical issues having been solved) than to maintain Mate. I like the newer GTK3 codebase and some improvements to gnome-panel. And I hope things will improve on the gnome3 base as well.

So for me the reasons are: gnome-panel with some of its applets, and nautilus, and the gtk3 base.

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