Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 27th Nov 2011 22:07 UTC, submitted by Nooone
Linux So, it's no secret that the Linux desktop - at least, the GNOME-side of things - is a bit in a state of disarray. Unity hasn't exactly gone down well with a lot of people, and GNOME 3, too, hasn't been met with universal praise. So, what to do? Linux Mint, currently one of the most popular Linux distributions out there, thinks they are on to the solution with their latest release, Linux Mint 12.
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RE: How about XFCE?
by pepa on Tue 29th Nov 2011 16:55 UTC in reply to "How about XFCE?"
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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panel, the Gnome panel having the Gnome clock applet), but that sort of defeated the purpose, and it will still get outdated when Gnome2 is no longer maintained.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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