Where are the goals of XFCE.

Benedikt Meurer benedikt.meurer at unix-ag.uni-siegen.de
Mon Jul 14 01:44:49 CEST 2008

Diego Jacobi wrote:
> Also i am sure that you know about a new xfce fork <http://lxde.org/>,
> and if that isnt duplicated efforts, then i dont know what the
> deffinition of duplicated efforts is. :P But if thoose programmers have
> got the same answer that i have got, then i understand why the fork.

I wasn't aware of lxde up til now. Looking at their website tho, it
looks like some kind of Xfce without usability. Don't get me wrong, but
the Gnome HIG is a really good document (probably one of the best
documents available on the Gnome servers), so people could at least take
a few minutes to get the basics of usability to ensure consistent
look&feel between GTK apps.

Anyway, that's not the point... looking at the page, they're also using
the GTK+ stack, so they will suffer from the same memory/performance

All this "lightweight desktop" stuff is pretty stupid anyways. In case
you didn't notice, it's 2008, and you will have a hard time buying a new
machine with less than 512MiB of RAM. Performance isn't an issue either
with todays CPU processing power. Instead, it'd be nice if people would
start to improve the user experience by - for example - reducing the
latency of the desktop (i.e. make clever use of XCB instead of Xlib to
avoid blocking on round trips to the Xserver) or making the Gnome people
actually accept Glib patches to reduce unnecessary overhead in the
object and signal handling. Wrt. latency there's also a lot of stuff
that could be improved in the kernel.

> Cheers.
> Diego


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