KDE -> Xfce

Oblio Oblio apa.chioara at gmail.com
Mon Nov 14 19:24:53 CET 2005

While both Gnome and KDE seem to go over the edge with integration
(they claim that it's for the sake of speed and useability - which is
not the case: both are very slow, and general rules like HIG could
apply to any app, regardless of its origin), XFCE seems to be the best
It is a bit more bloated than it used to be, but recently i tried an
experiment: to make a GTK2 sort of DE, which should be as fast or
faster than XFCE - by means of composition.
I tried a lot of things, but to reach the same functionality as with
XFCE: taskbar, systray, pager (with window drag and drop), launchers,
maybe a menu (optional), volume control, some CPU/network/weather
stats, easy config, I ended up with perlpanel + sawfish.
It can do all that XFCE can, and maybe more. The disadvantage? No file
manager, and almost the same speed.

Excuse me for being a little offtopic, but I recently read a blog by
Benny Meurer stating that XFCE doesn't have a roadmap. Why is that?
Every project needs a plan.
My 2 cents: I honestly believe that XFCE4.4 should be the opportunity
to stop adding functionality, and think a bit about optimizing again


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