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    Re: Desktop Alternatives for Precise Pangolin 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesemill View Post
    Have you seen the wiki page describing how to make 12.04 fallback look like Gnome 2?
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Pr...eClassicTweaks
    Thanks Cheesemill. I'll take a look at that, but I'm not certain I want a classic Gnome desktop with no enhancements. It's not that I don't like Unity 3D, it's that I find the delays on my hardware perceptible and annoying. I guess I must be impatient by nature. I find most classic desktops getting old and dated looking to me, and it's probably why I didn't just switch to Mint.

    Unfortunately for me, perhaps, I even love the new W8 desktop, complete with Metro tiles and tons of new keyboard shortcuts (as well as speedy boot times). I find it dynamic and colorful, but I'm not sure I'm ready for that leap of faith yet though! I suffered too much pain with W2K and XP. The really painful experiences were rare occurrences, but even once every two years is too much to burden myself with after such a solid run with Lucid Lynx and it's stellar performance (in my view).
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    Re: Desktop Alternatives for Precise Pangolin 12.04

    Real men use CDE

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    Re: Desktop Alternatives for Precise Pangolin 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by orhank View Post
    Real men use CDE
    Thats really helpful.

    And I guess everyone should know what CDE stands for. Could you not of provided a link?

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/cdesktopenv/

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    Re: Desktop Alternatives for Precise Pangolin 12.04

    Thanks ibjsb4! I may not be a "real man" apparently, and you just saved me the trouble of searching for myself! ...

    Edit: Just had a quick peek, and I'm not at all convinced that it's what I'm looking for, so I might be destined to remain forever a "girly-man" (thanks Arnold).
    Last edited by Kixtosh; March 17th, 2013 at 09:04 PM.
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    Re: Desktop Alternatives for Precise Pangolin 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by Kixtosh View Post
    Thanks for commenting, drfox. Part of this may be personal perceptions, or just not knowing how to do certain things, but this is what I remember about my trials with XFCE:

    • Didn't work well with older laptops. There was little to no performance gain compared to Ubuntu Lucid Lynx with Gnome. LXDE or Puppy Linux seemed much better choices for older or limited hardware. I don't use my older hardware much any more, however, so that's no longer really a concern.
    • The default desktop backgrounds are somewhat "washed out", which is also true of LXDE frequently. I'm sure this is not that difficult to change, but by default, I find the desktop backgrounds offered to be bland and lacking in contrast.
    • I love the XFCE default right click options on the desktop to access extended menus, including applications. Pupply Linux uses these too, but this is still much slower for me than Unity 2D where Super+X (digit) will open applications shown in the dock in the order 1 to 9 (or "t" for trash). You can open anything in one second, with just two keys pressed at the same time.
    • I could not get shortcuts to change keyboard layouts to work (I type in French a lot, so I'm constantly switching from USA to FR).
    • I could not get shortcuts for frequently used functions to work (such as ALT+F1 for Panel menus in Gnome, ALT+home, Super+B for Browser ...).
    • I just find the Lucid Lynx flavor of Gnome more predictable and trustworthy when trying to set it up. With XFCE, I find myself embarking on constant internet searches for each and every tweak to see if I can get them to work.

    I also like certain aspects of Unity 2D in Precise Pangolin even when compared to Gnome in Lucid Lynx. Basically, I like that Unity 2D allows me to use the dock with fast shortcuts, and I like the the Dash search feature. I've set the dock to auto-hide so it doesn't use up my screen, and the Super key pulls it up, but thanks to those shortcuts, I don't even wait for it to appear before executing the command I want. The performance gains with XFCE on my newer hardware (which is still not very powerful) seem very minimal to imperceptible.

    I'm happy to be proven wrong though, and I don't mind trying stuff out if there's a performance benefit in return.
    I'm using Xubuntu with xfce 4.10 on 4 different machines. One is a Atom-powered netbook, but I have installed it on friend's pentium-powered laptops. I switched from gnome to xfce when unity and shell came out and have occasionally used unity in a VM just to see if it made any sense, and imho, it still doesn't. I have played with lxde and found that unpolished.
    Kixtosh, je suis desolate, mais je suis americain. Donc, ce n'est pas necessaire pour mois a travailler en une lingue different que anglaise. (I hope I did that OK...it's been a long time since high school when I studied your language) Anyway, I can't speak to difficulty of changing the keyboard layout.
    In answer to your other questions:
    I find a great benefit to use xfce vs gnome on older machines and on my new machines, but I also found the feature of the r-mouse click to bring up menus to work slowly on old machines.
    I can't speak to the built-in desktop backgrounds...I use some of my own photos and some others and switch my wallpaper from time-to-time; it always looks ok to me.
    I have customized keyboard shortcuts, and they always work fine (Ctrl-Shift-W for libreoffice-writer, Ctrl-Alt-Del for xfce4-taskmanager)
    I use synapse for searches and also to type in applications for quick launch. Ctrl-spacebar brings up synapse.
    I use cairo-dock as my bottom dock for eye-candy except for on my netbook where there's not much screen space. I use xfce-panel (as deskbar) on the left and drag frequently used apps to it.

    Give it another try...you might like it.
    Larry

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    Re: Desktop Alternatives for Precise Pangolin 12.04

    Larry, I probably will give it another try.

    I've been experimenting more with Precise Pangolin, and although I have resolved all the speed issues with Unity 2D, there are other things that I don't think I'm going to get used to. It's going to be a toss-up between:

    - Mint.
    - Xubuntu (with XFCE).
    - Mageia (this is just an experiment, since it's becoming very popular on distrowatch of late).

    This will be mostly for the following types of machines:

    - Toshiba Portégé with an integrated SSD an a modest Core 2 Duo 1.2 GHz.
    - Arctic MC001 media center with an Atom D525 (I'll probably end up with OpenElec on this).
    - Couple of other family laptops with fairly modest processors.

    And thank you so much for the French, I understood every word of it! The usual key sequence for changing keyboard layouts is ALT+SHIFT (also in Windows). Works great with Ubuntu (unless it's XFCE), and Windows 8 (not so much in Vista or W7). I'll just have to figure out how to get it to work. It can't be rocket science.
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    Re: Desktop Alternatives for Precise Pangolin 12.04

    Salut Kixtosh,

    For changing the keyboard layout, you should have xfce4-xkb-plugin installed. The plugin can then be added to one of your panels (Keyboard Layouts). From there, you can configure it for multiple layouts and set the key sequence for switching. For maximum stability, you should go to Settings Manager -> Keyboard -> Layout and set it to use the system default, otherwise the plugin and your Xfce settings will try to override each other and cause trouble.

    Also, drfox is right. Cairo-Dock and Synapse are the best things you can add to Xfce, to improve the interface and add features. They blend in perfectly.

    Bonne chance!
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    Re: Desktop Alternatives for Precise Pangolin 12.04

    Thanks LewisTM! I will try that.

    I also got a good laugh from your signature, so thanks for that as well!
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