New file manager (WAS Re: xffm)

Antonio SJ Musumeci bile at
Wed Feb 2 05:05:30 CET 2005

It would seem to me that you shouldnt be using XFCE then but just a WM. 
For me the reason to use a DE is coherence and interoperability. 
ROX-Filer works well with XFCE because it's based on GTK and fd.o 
standards... but if a xfce fm or terminal or other app will work more 
fluidly with the rest of my DE i'd prefer that (given it gives the same 
general functionality) than rox, mrxvt or whatever. I believe it's 
perfectly reasonable and possible to be featureful, modular, and have a 
high level of interoperability with little 3rd party dependencies, and 
still be small and fast. Just requires a well thought out system. It 
seems thought with so few core programmers... it's difficult to say, 
have a vote on features for the next version and keep things in sync. 
I'd love to see an interface which would allow scripting and controlling 
of xfce apps like applescript using dbus. but i also understand it's a 
moving target (like gtk) and causes problems on other platforms. 
Anyways... i'm rambling. When it comes down to it... if XFCE > 4.2 can 
run on my P1-233 decently like it does now... i dont care if you embed 
emacs and mozilla as their own widgets.

> Hi Xfce development gurus,
> As a long-term user of Xfce (but an outsider when it
> comes to development of Xfce), I fear that Xfce is
> gradually moving towards a kind of bulkiness that
> reminds me of KDE or Gnome style WM.
> I expect Xfce to be small and fast.
> Xfce should manage my windows and stuff; I don't need
> an xf-terminal (i've got already xterm, rxvt,...),
> I also don't need an editor (I already use nedit),
> neither do I need a file manager (I've got rox for
> that), and so on and so on.
> To some extend such choices have been made for, for
> example, the screen-saver; xfce uses xscreensaver,
> instead of writing its own. I think that is more the
> way to go.
> Ah, well, that's my 2cents.
> Cheers,
> Rob.
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