Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 24th Jun 2013 03:00 UTC
Linux I volunteer as tech support for a small organization. For years we relied on Ubuntu on our desktops, but the users didn't like it when Ubuntu switched to the Unity interface. This article tells about our search for a replacement and why we decided on Xfce running atop Linux Mint.
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mate is better now.
by crhylove on Mon 24th Jun 2013 07:19 UTC
crhylove
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2010-04-10

Two versions ago I'd have agreed about xfce, but mate is a lot improved in the latest versions, and waaaaaaaay better for noobs coming from xp.

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RE: mate is better now.
by Laurence on Mon 24th Jun 2013 08:15 in reply to "mate is better now."
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2007-03-26

I know KDE gets a bit of a bad wrap on here, but these days it's pretty stable and I think it's another good alternative for users making the switch from Windows. Plus it also follows a similar desktop layout as Windows (excluding Win8 obviously) so users can draw a little more from past experience than they perhaps could with other Linux desktop environments.

That said, KDE4 does require a fair chunk of hardware. It's not one for the low end hardware and is easily one of the most bloated DEs on Linux (personally I make use of most of KDEs features, so it's not "bloat" to me - but I appreciate everybody's use cases are different)

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RE[2]: mate is better now.
by Morgan on Mon 24th Jun 2013 11:38 in reply to "RE: mate is better now."
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2005-06-29

That said, KDE4 does require a fair chunk of hardware. It's not one for the low end hardware and is easily one of the most bloated DEs on Linux (personally I make use of most of KDEs features, so it's not "bloat" to me - but I appreciate everybody's use cases are different)


I have a love/hate thing with KDE. I agree that the "bloat" is actually just a wealth of features and choices, but that's also its biggest problem. At one point there were three text editors (KEdit, KWrite, and Kate) and while each of them had some desirable features, none of them had a complete enough feature set to be truly useful as the only editor. Likewise, a KDE native office suite has been a moving target. It always seemed like a K-app would get so close to being feature complete only to be dropped and replaced with a new, featureless app that had to follow the same treadmill towards usefulness.

I'm hoping that razor-qt will become the lean, one-app-per-task DE that it promises to be. I still have a place in my heart for GTK apps, but the fragmentation thanks to Unity and Gnome3 means going all GTK is much more difficult than it should be.

Edited 2013-06-24 11:39 UTC

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RE[2]: mate is better now.
by bipbip on Mon 24th Jun 2013 17:07 in reply to "RE: mate is better now."
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2013-06-24

I think the same yet I recently found a serious project about an xfce-class lightweight fork of KDE that aims at being compatible with the full fledged version.
http://blogs.kde.org/2013/04/11/hackweek9-lightweight-kde-desktop-p...
http://susestudio.com/a/pRvzFf/minimal-klyde

I didn't test itbut it seems promising and very supported by the KDE community

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