The XFCE shortlist yields promising fruit

It’s important to remember that Xubuntu is not XFCE. What I mean by that is, Xubuntu uses XFCE as a desktop environment, but adds a lot more from ordinary Ubuntu that doesn’t technically appear in the XFCE playbook.

By itself, it in its purest form, XFCE is almost as fast (in my experience) as Openbox or Fluxbox or sometimes even IceWM. Xubuntu dumps an immense load on XFCE, and that’s why it doesn’t seem fast on an older machine. And that’s why I don’t endorse it for anything slower than about 1.4Ghz: The bloat overtakes the benefit of using Xubuntu.

Be that as it may, the XFCE community has a clear idea of what system applications are aligned with the desktop’s goal — and they have a great list of applications here. I love finding new application lists; it’s like Christmas, Ramadan and the Lunar New Year all in one.

There are a lot of common programs there that you might recognize. I make a point of using a lot of those, like ePDFView, Zim or even just Sylpheed. There are some new ones there that I want to take a look at, and maybe you might too. I doubt any one of them, except perhaps for some of the core, bundled XFCE tools (like Terminal) will drag in much of the entire desktop if you’re only after the program itself. Watch the dependencies and see what happens.

Personally, I’m going to check out Tasks, Oxalis and maybe see if I can get SLiM running under Crux on the battered Thinkpad. Such fun! :D

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7 Responses to “The XFCE shortlist yields promising fruit”

  1. 1 JPascal 2008/05/08 at 2:58 PM

    XFCE has become my favorite desktop manager. Remeber me posting about thanking for for your Fluxbuntu review? I find XFCE much easier to use than FluxBox or Openbox, menu-wise.

    I installed Ubuntu server on my Thinkpad 240X, then UbuntuLite, then XFCE. Fast little machine, as fast as it was when using Fluxbuntu, but I have the impression of using something more complete, more polished.

    Now I am waiting for UbuntuLite for Ubuntu 8.04…


  2. 2 Breakage 2008/05/13 at 10:35 AM

    Thanks for the link to xfce’s recommended apps. :)

  3. 3 johnraff 2008/05/31 at 2:36 PM

    It might just be that Xubuntu is refinding some direction:
    I was happy to see some emphasis on things like lightness and support for older machines, even figures like 128MB RAM, 300~400MHz CPU, which just happen to match my box. :)

    Look forward to Xubuntu 8.10, though I’ll probably be using openbox/pcmanfm/lxpanel by then…

  4. 4 K.Mandla 2008/05/31 at 3:18 PM

    Interesting; thanks for the link. Sorry if I sound like a grump, but I’ll believe it when I see it. ;)

  5. 5 fstephens 2008/07/02 at 5:17 AM

    I am running Xubuntu on a Thinkpad a21e 600Mhz (I know you are familiar with those…) and I find it acceptable. Mabye thats just because my older laptop is a 400Mhz Dell Inspiron :-).
    I did do some tweaks to try and improve it’s responsiveness, using your “Setup Hardy for Speed” howto.

  1. 1 Fleshing out XFCE in Ubuntu « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/09/19 at 11:36 AM
  2. 2 Fair but honest? Xubuntu 8.10 « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2009/01/03 at 10:58 PM

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