[nSLUG] Problem with XFCE

Jack Warkentin jwark at eastlink.ca
Thu Aug 30 22:39:35 ADT 2007


Hi David

What versions of Xubuntu and XFCE are you using? With Kubuntu 
6.06/Dapper Drake/XFCE 3.9, one of the XFCE processes runs away every 
now and then, so that was my reason for trying to use XFCE 4.4.

Regards

Jack 

On Tuesday 31 July 2007 02:06, David Payne wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 12:50:00AM -0300, Rich wrote:
> > 
> > 
> > Jack Warkentin wrote:
> > > So I tried XFCE which appeared to be much "lighter weight" than 
either 
> > > KDE or Gnome and I preferred it to both Gnome and KDE. However, 
I 
> > > discovered several times that one of its components created a 
runaway 
> > > process (I am using Ubuntu 6.06/Dapper Drake and the XFCE 
version is 
> > > 4.3.0-0ubuntu1). So I reverted back to KDE. Has anyone else come 
up 
> > > against this problem with XFCE?
> > >
> > >   
> > 
> > Hi Jack,
> > 
> > You were using an old version of XFCE.  The recent 4.4 version 
really rocks.
> > Desktop icons (except icon contents like images or such, I think 
that is 
> > in next release) and udev device icons
> > 
> > This version fixed quite a few issues.  I had 4.2, and tried using 
it, 
> > but found some short comings for what I do.
> > However, I've been using 4.4 for a few months now, and it is very 
> > solid.  There was a problem with cairo libs,
> > but that was more Slackware 12.0 related. 
> > 
> > I hit my system pretty hard, and I noticed Gnome w/Dropline 2.16 
wasn't 
> > helping, it was getting slower and slower.
> > So I decided to try XFCE 4.4.  I originally compiled it by hand, 
and had 
> > it working, except overlooked an important python lib.
> > This caused me some headaches once I traced it down (not well 
> > documented).   However, around that time, Slackware 12.0 had  it 
compiled,
> > and working.  So I tried the Slack 12.0 packages and it worked 
fine, 
> > except Amarok was not configured for postgres - so I had to 
recompile.
> > Other than that, its been very solid and fast.  I was running a 
resource 
> > hungry java client, which ran better under XFCE.
> > 
> > I also gave Kde 3.5 a whirl to see how much has changed over the 
years. 
> > I normally don't bother swapping desktops on the fly.
> > I tried it, and turned off all the fancy animations to gain the 
speed it 
> > was sucking up.   I feel Kde and Gnome are trying to be Win XXX 
look 
> > alikes..  which in my mind is the wrong direction to take.  Make 
it 
> > easy, but don't stop or rollback innovation just because Microslop 
says 
> > so.  
> > 
> > I'm now back on XFCE.
> > 
> > I found a PC for sale, 64-bit 500MB Ram, 60GB hdd w/WinXP, and DVD 
> > burner + monitor for $200. :)
> > I yanked the drive and stuck it in my son's pc, because he won't 
migrate 
> > to Linux.. I tried and pat him on the head when he whines about 
spyware 
> > and adware flooding his system. I tell him here is the install 
disk - 
> > have fun.   :)    I later installed a 75GB drive with Slack 12.0 
for my 
> > wife.
> > She's one happy camper now.  She was running a K6-III 450 w/320MB 
RAM.  
> > The machine was almost 10 years old. :)
> > She tried XFCE, but got used to Nautilus... ugh.. I do not like 
Nautilus 
> > either.  So I installed Dropline 2.18 beta now, she is running 
fine now.
> > 
> > So I found, XFCE is not for everyone.  My wife uses her desktop 
folders 
> > in ways I've never bothered to.
> > I just use a file manager or cmd line for that.. call me 
lazy... :)
> > 
> > 
> > See if you get a more recent version of XFCE. Its worth it.
> > 
> > 
> > Regards
> > Rich
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> 
> Hi,
> 
> I just recently switched to Xfce (with Xubuntu).  My 
> computers doesn't really have a problem dealing with Gnome 
> it's just that I never found myself using most of the 
> features that gnome provided.  I just want 2 panels, a 
> clock, a menu system and a workspcae switcher.  That's all I 
> really used in Gnome and that's all I really need.  I am 
> giving Xfce a try because I think it can meet all my needs 
> with very little bloat.  But, time will tell.
> 
> David Payne
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