[nSLUG] Problem with XFCE (was: re: Gnome to KDE-->Stymied at kdm Login Screen)

Jack Warkentin jwark at eastlink.ca
Mon Jul 30 20:38:10 ADT 2007

Hi Everybody

I like neither KDE nor Gnome - to me they both ignore the basic UNIX 
design philosophy of one program does one small thing well and to do 
something more complex you combine programs to achieve your desired 
result. I didn't give Gnome much of a chance after I discovered that 
just about *everything* in Gnome required nautilus to be active, and 
I didn't like nautilus. And KDE is just too monolithic and determined 
to add its own layer to those already adequately provided for by the 
operating system. Why, for example, is there a need for something 
like kdepasswd when passwd works very well from the command line?

What I would like is a system whereby the window manager (selected 
from among several/many available) can be combined with a taskbar 
(selected from among several/many available), a start menu applet 
(selected from among several/many available) and an Xresources 
settings manager, etc. For me the Xresources settings manager is the 
deal-maker/breaker in a desktop system. It is too much of a pain in 
the you-know-where to have to manually edit the .Xresources file and 
set resources for applications either individually or collectively.

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?

Is there a set of Xwindows applications out there that follows the 
design philosophy outlined above?

This discussion started around a problem with switching from gdm to 
kdm. When I first installed my favourite Linux distro (Libranet, 
since gone defunct) several years ago I found that it used gdm with 
kde. Later I tried other distributions and discovered I preferred gdm 
to kdm. So I always install gdm and make sure kdm is not installed



On Tuesday 24 July 2007 08:51, Jonathan Anderson wrote:
> Ah, yes, I forgot about fvwm.
> If you're using Ubuntu, Robert (which I believe you said you were),
> you can also install xubuntu-desktop, which is an Ubuntu desktop
> designed around XFCE.
> #!/jon
> On July 24, 2007, Daniel Morrison wrote:
> > On 24/07/07, Jonathan Anderson <jonathan.anderson at ieee.org> wrote:
> > > Anyway, if you don't like KDE or GNOME (and their window 
managers, kwin
> > > and Metacity), you should check out:
> > >
> > > - a *box (blackbox, fluxbox, openbox, etc.)
> > > - Enlightenment
> > > - GNUStep
> >
> > Why use anything other than the best?  fvwm!
> >
> > -D.
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> Jonathan Anderson
> jonathan.anderson at ieee.org

Jack Warkentin, phone 902-404-0457, email jwark at eastlink.ca
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