Menu issues

Yves-Alexis Perez corsac at
Fri Sep 11 07:51:34 CEST 2009

On jeu, 2009-09-10 at 16:35 -0700, Drew Leske wrote:
> > Actually, I'd go as far as to say that 4.6 didn't introduce any
> > additional bloat compared to 4.4 except maybe for GStreamer. 
> If I hadn't tossed off the original e-mail in a bit of a rush I would
> have made note of this.  I haven't actually felt any bloat in the
> upgrade.  I was more concerned about some of the commentary I had seen
> which almost seemed to indicate people were more interested in a
> feature-rich environment.
> Not that feature-rich is a bad thing, and "complete" means different
> things to different people with different needs--complete for one person
> might mean bloat for another. 

And there's something Xfce devs are trying hard to do, is to make the
user life simpler. This is the rationale for the menu change over two
releases (with 4.6 being a regression, indeed :/), same goes for GIO
etc. If the desktop is simpler, easier to use, it think it might appear
less bloated indeed. 

And something I definitely love with Xfce (even if in fact, I don't
really use it) is its modular nature (because I do run the complete
environment everywhere, but I guess people are still happy to use a
component here and there without the whole stack). I really don't like
the way GNOME is making all components requiring all the GNOME stack
(rationale being to reuse and share a maximum the code, which might be a
good idea but ends up forcing all people using a GNOME component to use
gnome-session, or stuff like that. The trend is clearly there)

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