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
Yesterday, I tried installing Lubuntu. It failed to detect my USB broadband modem, and I assumed it was LXDE’s fault. Then I tried Xubuntu, at which point I discovered that the modem had to be plugged in at boot. Then I tried installing KDE3/Trinity, because Xfce reminds me of GNOME too much. Well, it sucked. I spent half an hour trying to sort through the dependency mess, and after I ran it I saw was too noisy, didn’t detect the wireless, didn’t even show me my battery status, had an awful KDE4-style control center and it actually crashed when trying to open something.
Long gone are the days of the rock-stable, beautiful, fast and easy to use KDE3 that I installed 2 years ago on my Eee… I remember it tried to install KDE4 when I changed the sources to testing, and I killed apt and FUBARed my system when I saw that. Good old times
Anyway, back to the initial rant. I then installed Xubuntu again, installed Openbox (just openbox), tint2 and a few other things and removed Xfce while it was still running I then issued a sudo reboot and basked in the glory of pure Openbox running on my system (and the monospace white text on purple background plymouth theme ).
The problems, however, were just starting. First of all, my resolution was broken (the Debian Framebuffer Syndrome, now available for X too). That was quickly fixed by an “xrandr -s 1366×768″. After starting tint2, I was surprised to find nm-applet already running. One thing off my mind.
Then, I realized that the Openbox menu was almost empty. After installing menu-xdg and hitting “reconfigure”, the Debian menu appeared and I was happy once more. But I quickly found out that a lot of software doesn’t use it, so I can’t access it. Then I realized that I didn’t have battery status displayed. Added gnome-power-manager or whatever to autostart and it worked once more. And a few more troubles like that.
But the problems were deeper than I thought. Now I can only suspend on lid close once or twice; then, it just ignores the lid. gnome-power-manager started quitting on me randomly. And now nm-applet. I can’t live like this any longer, so as soon as I finish writing this post, my current install is going down and LXDE is replacing it. Probably.
Edit: if anyone has the problem with Lubuntu not detecting mobile broadband modems, the solution is to install modemmanager and restart. NetworkManager is going to pick it up afterwards.