Why not reusing more GNOME components?

Liviu Andronic landronimirc at gmail.com
Fri Aug 29 11:40:50 CEST 2014

On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 9:33 AM, Sébastien Wilmet <swilmet at gnome.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 10:53:36PM +0200, Harold Aling wrote:
>> Gnome loves RAM, and I do too. Gnome has waaaaay too much features for
>> me, which I don't use, don't want and don't like.
> I thought GNOME had a reputation to not have a lot of features and
> configuration, compared to KDE…
> Lots of software in Xfce can be compared to GNOME, and there is not a
> big difference:
> - the Xfce desktop (not the apps) has as many settings as GNOME, more or
> less.
> - some Xfce apps are almost the same as the GNOME equivalent, or have
>   less features. Compare xfce-terminal with gnome-terminal for example.
> Or compare Leafpad with gedit (with some plugins it is possible to use
> gedit for programming, while Leafpad is just a text area to take some
> notes). Of course, thanks to some (gnome) libraries like VTE or
> GtkSourceView, the Xfce apps developers don't completely reinvent the
> wheel. But it is nevertheless a bit a waste of efforts. Xfce could
> simply take some of the GNOME apps.
That's for the user to decide, really.

One of teh main points of Xfce is that it provides a simple, usable
environment for the user. Another fundamental part is flexibility.
Don't like xfwm4? No probs: kill it and bring up any
standard-compliant WM, even Gnome's. And for any missing gaps in
functionality or else, users can simply cherry pick Gnome apps and
plug them into their Xfce workflow. God knows I use file-roller,
evince and brasero when in need, and I do so without an official stamp
of approval from Xfce.

And that's the point, really. Xfce provides a simple, intuitive and
usable environment for end users. The core apps are very few and, some
would argue, with minimalistic underpinnings. All else, be it Goodies
or unofficially related Xfce apps are community provided, and Xfce
itself doesn't bother very much with those: all are welcome. And if
users care to supplement missing features with "external" apps,
they're more than welcome to do so. Don't like Mousepad? Fine, go grab
Gedit or Geany. Don't care for Midori (and are enraged with the brand
new Opera), go grab Chromium or Otter Browser. Choose whichever makes
you happier..

My 00.02€,

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