XFce4 Covers Interface Basics

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2003-10-27 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

For users of Linux on the desktop, Gnome and KDE offer two good, yet different, environments for interacting with their computers.

For users of Linux on the desktop, Gnome and KDE offer two good, yet different, environments for interacting with their computers. Although these projects split the bulk of Linux desktop real estate, other good alternatives remain.

Ive been testing XFce4, a desktop environment that covers all the interface basics while maintaining a slim, quick profile. I installed XFce4 on a laptop with an Intel 300MHz Celeron processor and 128MB of RAM and experienced good performance.

XFce conforms to standards from Freedesktop.org that provide for a measure of interoperability with Gnome and KDE. While running XFce, my Gaim instant messenger appeared in my task bar just the same as in those other desktop environments.

The software, which became available last month, is available for free download at www.xfce.org/en/download.html I installed XFce4 using the precompiled packages for Red Hat Linux that we found at the XFce4 site. Pointers to packages for other distributions, such as SuSE, Mandrake and Debian, were also available at the site.

 
 
 
 
As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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