Oh well. Back to GNOME again.
After wasting about four hours of my time installing Cygwin on my Windows box and trying to do an offline system update with Pacman (and failing, of course), I decided Arch isn’t going to be my piece of cake until something like Keryx is available for it. The STA driver wouldn’t compile because it needed the 2.6.33 kernel headers, but the only headers available to download were for 2.6.35. Which I didn’t have.
I reinstalled Ubuntu 10.04 on the HP because I decided to start learning Python again today and needed a stable base and IDE.
Now I use GNOME as DE, Firefox as browser (at least it’s stable), Equinox, Faenza and Docky for eye-candy, Kupfer as app launcher, Thunderbird as mail client, Pidgin as IM client, Rhythmbox for media and so on.
For developing, I use Geany. And I absolutely love it. It does exactly what I tell it to do, it has unobtrusive autocompletion, it doesn’t get in my way and it can compile/run whatever I throw at it. Right from the main window. So it’s perfect for me. I just have to find out how to debug C code with it, because I really need variable watches sometimes
So, from now on, I’ll just use a VM whenever I feel like experimenting.
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