is Xfce getting too bloated ?

Ambrose Li at
Thu Oct 14 22:36:42 CEST 2004

This sounds rather mysterious to me. A few months ago I happen to have
to configure a few old PC's as Linux boxes, and the difference between
running KDE3 and XFCE4 was *huge*. In short, KDE was completely
unusable on those boxes, while XFCE4 is (provided that I take care to
avoid KDE or GNOME apps).

Perhaps the small difference between KDE3 and XFCE4 startup times only
shows that you have good hardware. On not-so-good hardware, the
difference is not so small.

On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 15:15:28 -0400, purslow at
<purslow at> wrote:
> the point i really want(ed) to make is not so much that Xfce has got slower
> -- though it has -- , but that KDE has got a lot faster in starting up.
> there is very little difference in start-up time between KDE 3.3.0
> before it starts applications (there's a bar & percent chart for it all)
> & Xfce 4.0.6 without the session manager, 4.2 being about the same
> or perhaps a bit slower due to the menu configuration.

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