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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coreyography
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2009-03-06

Perhaps all these DEs should just quit claiming compatibility with "Unix-like OSes" and just say "Linux".

The BSDs have several issues:

1. Less manpower than Linux working on this stuff, especially when you're not talking about FreeBSD;

2. The rapid changing of Linux's interfaces (the hal/*kit/u*/systemd saga someone referred to is an example), especially when it is felt by some in the BSD community that this is a result of not of enough thought and proper engineering up front causing a lot of "scrap and start over" later on.

At least one BSD distribution (PC-BSD) felt that the Sisyphean task of implementing frequently-changing Linuxisms just to make DEs work is not worth the effort, and is building its own DE (Lumina).

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kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

1. Less manpower than Linux working on this stuff, especially when you're not talking about FreeBSD;

2. The rapid changing of Linux's interfaces (the hal/*kit/u*/systemd saga someone referred to is an example), especially when it is felt by some in the BSD community that this is a result of not of enough thought and proper engineering up front causing a lot of "scrap and start over" later on.


I think these two are actually related. ie, because there are so many people working on Linux, often independently, and they all want to have something working, so they have to design on the fly and get it out there. This results in a lot of implicit test-by-use which hurries up the scrap-and-redesign cycle.

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demetrioussharpe Member since:
2009-01-09

Perhaps all these DEs should just quit claiming compatibility with "Unix-like OSes" and just say "Linux".


2. The rapid changing of Linux's interfaces (the hal/*kit/u*/systemd saga someone referred to is an example), especially when it is felt by some in the BSD community that this is a result of not of enough thought and proper engineering up front causing a lot of "scrap and start over" later on.

At least one BSD distribution (PC-BSD) felt that the Sisyphean task of implementing frequently-changing Linuxisms just to make DEs work is not worth the effort, and is building its own DE (Lumina).


My point, exactly!

Edited 2014-06-11 08:30 UTC

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