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?
Thread beginning with comment 590377
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[2]: Not so light under the hood
by Hypnos on Sun 8th Jun 2014 14:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Not so light under the hood"
Hypnos
Member since:
2008-11-19

There is a difference between resources going to software complexity and resources going to multimedia. Software complexity brings a host of problems: maintainability, security, and vendor lock-in.

We can examine your examples by these criteria --

* Gaming: optional, doesn't handle private information, other software doesn't depend on it => don't care, just need RAM and disk space

* Browser: essential, handles private information, other software doesn't depend on it => a reliability and security risk, must remain vigilant, but luckily there are a lot of drop-in replacements to choose from

* IDE/word processor: same as with browsers, but less easy to replace with alternatives. I use the Unix shell for coding and LaTeX for big documents, but understand that these are not viable solutions in many spaces.

* OS/desktop: same as with IDEs/word processors, but even more difficult to replace. Special care must also be taken since many parts of the OS and DE run with elevated privileges. This is where one should demand good design and execution, and invest in platforms that deliver it. So far Linux works for me (I use Gentoo), but I might move to FreeBSD in the future.

Desktops are more of a problem as they try to strike a balance between Grandma-usability and being maintainable. I understand XFCE's choices given their limited manpower, but they introduce a problem.

Reply Parent Score: 2