- Supposedly has a very light window manager. Some say it's even lighter than Blackbox. Some people say that's complete crap though, so I'd have to check that out for myself.
- Has the xfrun application launcher.
- xfce4-panel is a very strong competitor to fbpanel.
- Thunar is a very strong competitor to sfm! Wow!
- Seems to have issues being resized smoothly, so I gave up and went back to rxvt.
- 2009-07-16 - 4.4.3 on Slackware 12.2
- 2009-04-07 - 4.4.1 (Xfce 4.4) on PCLinuxOS 2007
2009-07-16 - 4.4.3 ∞
Works just fine.
The hotkey to move a window to another desktop also switches focus to that desktop. Boo.
2009-04-07 - 4.4.1 (Xfce 4.4) ∞
apt-get install task-xfce4
I do like it a lot. It has a nice feel to it.
Hangs, and stops accepting keyboard and mouse input. Maybe it's related to my keyboard customization. I'm able to
control-alt-backspace though. I think it's related to
xfce-setting-show, because it happened after running it, but I've also restarted my x session.. started Firefox and xterm and had everything hang just after that.
I think that this hanging happens only when exiting an xfce app. It happens inconsistently though, but is only ever reproduced with an xfce app exit.
Shortcuts are not obvious. I can't find a list of them.
control-alt-rightto change desktops
alt-spaceis done correctly.
control-alt-deletefor the screensaver.
- I prefer
- I prefer
Some shortcuts aren't done the way I want, and I cannot find documentation nor a helpful configuration program. The existing keyboard program only lists program shortcuts and not regular window management shortcuts.
- I want something to send the currently-focused window to another desktop. I suppose I could hack something in wmctrl if I wished.
- I want
alt-escapeto send the currently-focused window to the back of the stack.
- XFCE's menu doesn't support hot keys
xfce4-keys, a separate app for shortcuts, is on their wish list
So far my opinion is pretty grim. Lots of candy, not too organized. There are some philosophies which are quite different from my own.
2008-08-15 - 4-4.4.1 ∞
Just xfwm ∞
All of xfce ∞
I downloaded the graphical installer.
apt-get install libcups2-devel libxfprint0-devel libdbus-glib-1_2-devel libhal1-devel libstartup-notification-1_0-devel
libvte9-develwas reported as required.
libcups2-develwas something I learned about after going through the whole process. Twice. It's needed for "Xfce Printing Support" but wasn't checked as a dependency.
The last bunch were reported as optional, but it's almost certainly a good idea to include them.
- Their installer should leave an uncompressed version when it runs.
- When building all that wonderful software, it should leave it all behind in an intelligent manner so that if a person like me fails on a later step we don't have to do everything all over again. Sigh.
If failing on a step, create a 'retry' feature. I could easily add the missing software or fix whatever and retry then.