The future of Xfce (or beating the Gtk3 horse to death)

houghi houghi at
Tue Mar 19 12:17:17 CET 2013

On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 04:34:45PM -0500, Alan Jesser wrote:
> I love Xfce but I agree that there are worries out there about Gtk and the
> direction it is heading. Now moving to EFL sounds great but then we run into
> the issue of being too similar to Enlightenment. How well will Xfce fair if
> people just see it as the same thing as E17, let alone it's going to take time
> for people to adopt the EFL since it took E17 so long to release. I've used E17
> and achieving a uniform look with EFL/Gtk/Qt is pretty difficult. This may
> improve in time but for now it would be difficult to know if this would deter
> people or not.

What is the downside of XFCE being too similar to Enlightenment?

I hope there is more to XFCE aside from 'not looking like Enlightenment'.

I think what should happen is to just look at what the goals of XFCE are.
Especially in the long run and take a decision with that in mind. If that
results in Enlightenment and XFCE being very similar, then so be it.

If you are afraid it will look like Enlightenment, then you might take a
decision that does not look at the XFCE goals (unless 'not looking like
Enlightenment' is a goal) and will be less XFCE then it could possibly be.

How would XFCE fair if XFCE is not similar enough to XFCE?

This is written under the inluence of the following:
>   Artist : Santana
>     Song : Gypsy Queen
>    Album : Lotus

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