Oliver Fourdan, a French developer who works his day job at embedded Linux company Anfora, explains how XFce got started: “Back in late 1996, I’d started working on HP workstations that used CDE and I really liked that interface. I was very disappointed with Microsoft Windows 95 and its ‘Start Menu,’ so I found the concept of the toolbar in CDE very much more convenient. I had been using Linux since 1994, so it sounded natural to me to try to reproduce a concept I liked, on Linux. And at that time, there were no other projects like this–well at least, none really usable.” Read the review of the XFce desktop environment at NewsForge.
XFce: Not Just Another Desktop Environment for UNIX
2002-02-09 Xfce 6 Comments
Just downloaded XFce and tried it and I love it!
It’s so fast compared to KDE and GNOME it’s almost scary. Now I can listen to Mp3’s and do other things like moving the mouse without strange noises in the sound. I can even start programs and surf the web without any problems. And all this on my P200, 72 Mb Ram with Mandrake 8.1 installed.
If you got a slow computer like mine then install XFce and
I have to agree….for my money, XFCE (and of course WndowMaker!) kick Gnome and KDE’s fat/bloated butts.
Technically it is a fantastic environment, and always was. Light, fast, responsive, stable. Aesthetically ….Not my taste.
Yes, XFCE is a very good window manager, I use it always.
IMHO, is one of the best.
This absolutely transforms Linux for me. Loads in 3 seconds. Apps seem to open faster. Mozilla doesn’t act like a slug anymore. I’m so happy I think I’ll recompile my kernel for fun!!