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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I guess the obvious retort is: then why does the desktop on BSDs suck so very, very much?

I was being nice saying that they couldn't devote resources to doing it right.

You're essentially saying, they can't do it right because they can't do it right? That's kind of insulting to the BSD devs.

The obvious answer is that the BSD developers mainly don't deal with desktops...until now. If you recall, the desktop software was supposed to be portable & multiplatform -the X server runs on pretty much ALL *nixen systems. The DM's are supposed to run on the X server & really aren't supposed to be kernel dependent. That's how it's always been until the Linux developers came & started upsetting the consolidation that'd taken so long to establish. Unless you've been dealing with *nix for over 2 decades, you wouldn't know anything about this. Now, you have portions of the DM & the X server starting to creep down into none standard APIs & shitting all over the ability of the whole software stack to run in a multiplatform way. Why else do you think that there's now a BSD desktop in development? Yet, so many Linux users started complaining about how resources would be better used if they're shared. Well, no, the Linux developers have already proven that there's no benefit in trying to share resources with them.

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