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    Is it just me or is XUbuntu difficult?

    Is it just me or is XFCE kinda hard?

    I played with XFCE (xubuntu 11.04) for 30 min today and I managed to get bugbit several times.


    • tab completion in bash
    • ctrl-F4 doesn't work in firefox (Now I know about ctrl-w)
    • managed to corrupt my XFCE panels (any way to restore a corrupted panel?)


    (I also had a doubleclicking problem but I fixed that!)

    And I haven't even tried installing software!

    Still I'm gonna stay with Xubuntu. I'm already addicted to the responsive speed!

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    Re: Is it just me or is XUbuntu difficult?

    XFCE saved me from the nightmare that currently KDE and Gnome is. Be patient and try it.

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    Re: Is it just me or is XUbuntu difficult?

    Quote Originally Posted by marinara View Post
    Is it just me or is XFCE kinda hard?

    I played with XFCE (xubuntu 11.04) for 30 min today and I managed to get bugbit several times.


    • tab completion in bash
    • ctrl-F4 doesn't work in firefox (Now I know about ctrl-w)
    • managed to corrupt my XFCE panels (any way to restore a corrupted panel?)


    (I also had a doubleclicking problem but I fixed that!)

    And I haven't even tried installing software!

    Still I'm gonna stay with Xubuntu. I'm already addicted to the responsive speed!
    I imagine you might be unfamiliar. It's not unthinkable for a new interface to cause someone to have difficulty.

    If you encounter something you think isn't how it is intended to work, though, I'm sure the developers would like you to submit bug reports so it can be corrected.

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    Re: Is it just me or is XUbuntu difficult?

    Yes, I'm thinking my panel problem isn't that serious. It was the quick-launch panel that got corrupted and I can rebuild that IMHO.

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    Re: Is it just me or is XUbuntu difficult?

    Is it just me or is XFCE kinda hard?
    In general, yes, if you're switching from Gnome, XFCE is going to make you work a little harder. KDE and Gnome have GUI tools and automation for features that XFCE doesn't have them for, but that's why XFCE is lighter-weight. So yes, if you like the speed, just be patient with it and muddle through; it'll probably be worth the effort. = )

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    Re: Is it just me or is XUbuntu difficult?

    Thanks Copper, Calculon and Texaswriter.

    About my tab completion problem.

    I press tab or ctrl-I twice, and I get this



    [strike]and bash won't type the word for me anymore. What gives?[/strike]

    Uh, it's me. I was used to ubuntu cycling through each word... I guess xfce doesn't cycle, it just lists each completion. If I type more of the filename, it completes fine.
    Last edited by marinara; September 18th, 2011 at 08:54 AM.

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    Re: Is it just me or is XUbuntu difficult?

    I thought that's how tab completion generally works, isn't it? It's indicating that it doesn't know which one you want. So add an e, an oc, or an ow and hit tab again, and it'll complete the folder name.

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    Re: Is it just me or is XUbuntu difficult?

    Yeah. I was used to where you pressed tab once for each possible completion. Like If I wanted the last completion, I'd just hit tab 2 more times.

    Thank you very much and thanks for not calling me stupid.

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    Re: Is it just me or is XUbuntu difficult?

    Actually, I think you might have had something extra installed on your Ubuntu - my gnome-terminal's Tab completion (in regular Gnome Ubuntu, 11.04) behaves the same as yours in XFCE. Is it possible that you had added a better Tab completion method (such as through a custom .bashrc or something of the sort) on your old install?

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    Re: Is it just me or is XUbuntu difficult?

    Quote Originally Posted by Copper Bezel View Post
    Actually, I think you might have had something extra installed on your Ubuntu - my gnome-terminal's Tab completion (in regular Gnome Ubuntu, 11.04) behaves the same as yours in XFCE. Is it possible that you had added a better Tab completion method (such as through a custom .bashrc or something of the sort) on your old install?

    I don't think it's anything extra. I have a pretty much vanilla 10.04 install and hitting tab multiple times to auto-complete cycles through possible matches. I don't find it to be all that useful as you generally tend to tab too fast and go past what you wanted then have to go right round the cycle again. Maybe it was removed in 11.x for that reason - it's more efficient to have to type a few more letters before hitting tab. I don't know - just speculating.

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