Until now, I have been using Gnome 3 and took quick peeks at Unity and KDE. Long story short, Unity is about as slow as a turtle and KDE on Ubuntu is still KDE on Ubuntu. So I’ll just give Xfce a fair chance. Who knows, maybe I’ll keep it – until Luna is released, that is.
Oh, and a final note: I’ve just moved all my imagehost.org-hosted images to imgur, and some of them might show up as “not found” placeholders on the blog – the images are there, but the thumbnails haven’t been generated, or something.
So this is how my Xfce desktop looks like after a little messing around. That’s htop and gnome-system-monitor in the foreground, and Firefox (Namoroka from the Mozilla Daily PPA) in the background. I replaced the Xfce power manager (with the GNOME one) because it only notifies once, when the battery is about 30-40% and then leaves me to use the battery until it auto-hibernates, which is annoying. I also use the GNOME bluetooth daemon instead of Blueman, which refused to work. Stability is perfect, minus the rare X glitch that requires raising elephants.
So here I am, coming back from Fedora to Xubuntu 10.04. It’s not that I don’t like Fedora, but it has one deal-breaking usability issue: it can’t resume from standby properly on the HP, forcing me to manually shutdown and lose anything that I have opened. Whoops.
Xubuntu, on the other hand, is one of the best distros I have ever used. It includes a really nice default choice of software and gives me the full power of Ubuntu’s repositories. The only thing I replaced so far was Totem (with GNOME-Mplayer). It’s fast, efficient and it looks good (I didn’t even have to change the theme, Albatross is beautiful). RAM usage is currently 336MB with Firefox (6 tabs), Pidgin and Exaile open, totally pawning GNOME.
I have also succeeded in configuring Dropbox as detailed here.
Yes, I said it sucks. Yes, I removed Xfce more than once. But after looking at it more closely (and removing those ugly GNOMEish panels), I have to say that it works pretty well for me.
I tried installing tint2, but then I saw it had the tendency to quit my apps. (Actually, that was Seamonkey being incredibly unstable ) And now I’m using Xfce with a dock-like panel. And I like it. It’s simple and it works. Also, did I mention that Kupfer rocks? It’s way faster than GNOME Do and it’s Mono-free
But enough for the time being. I have to go prepare for school