Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 7th Jun 2014 00:53 UTC
Xfce Over the past several years, mobile devices have greatly influenced user interfaces. That's great for handheld users but leaves those of us who rely on laptops and desktops in the lurch. Windows 8, Ubuntu Unity, and GNOME have all radically changed in ways that leave personal computer users scratching their heads.

One user interface completely avoided this controversy: Xfce. This review takes a quick look at Xfce today. Who is this product for? Who should pass it by?
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oss desktop is dead?
by project_2501 on Sat 7th Jun 2014 12:48 UTC
project_2501
Member since:
2006-03-20

I hate to say this but after years of hope that an old desktop would become functional stable and popular.. I now think the game is over.

The need for a desktop has diminished. More apps / services are accessible with a wider range of clients .. IPads Chromebooks android phones...

The role of the desktop is now to simply provide access to those apps... And take care of things like power peripherals

I exaggerate but not by much.

This is why many many OSS people use the best hardware and desktop combination to get on with working coding painting... There are very few Linux specific apps anymore and so the need to get the desktop working flawlessly is not so urgent. Apple macbook air ... And you're done.

And virtualization of course further killed the need for a Linux desktop.

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RE: oss desktop is dead?
by WereCatf on Sat 7th Jun 2014 13:26 in reply to "oss desktop is dead?"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Apple macbook air ... And you're done.


While that may be the case in the western countries among well-off citizens it's still a losing proposition in developing countries and financially very poor areas. The need for a low-cost, high-quality desktop may have, indeed, dropped quite a bit over the years, but it's not disappeared entirely, and that's only talking about the functionality and costs -- the need for freedom hasn't diminished.

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RE: oss desktop is dead?
by Vanders on Sat 7th Jun 2014 20:03 in reply to "oss desktop is dead?"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

The need for a desktop has diminished. More apps / services are accessible with a wider range of clients .. IPads Chromebooks android phones...

The role of the desktop is now to simply provide access to those apps... And take care of things like power peripherals


Death of the desktop predicted. Film at '11.

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