Re: xfce vs. gnome
I'm with Simian Man. My first introduction to Linux was Mandrake in early 2004, and in January of 2005, I ditched Windows on my computer for the last time. Naturally, Mandrake is a KDE-centric distribution, and I was hooked on KDE and wouldn't consider a distro that didn't come with KDE. I also liked Mepis and PCLinuxOS a lot, too. Interestingly enough, I tried Kubuntu once and did not like it at all.
But that all changed when KDE 4 came out. It was slow, buggy, and confusing, and I thoroughly despised it and now totally refuse to consider KDE, and I don't care what so-called "improvements" have taken place since KDE 4 was released. Therefore, I went for broke and switched to Ubuntu, and I really got to where I liked GNOME quite a bit.
However, even on a computer with 1GB of RAM, I've noticed some sluggishness on occasion. Also, with the release of GNOME 3 being just around the corner, I do not wish to go through the abandonment of something that works perfectly in favor of a completely half-baked idea all over again, thank you very much. Besides, I've used Xfce before and as such, I already feel more or less at home with it.
What's more, I can still use most of the same desktop items that GNOME also uses (GTK themes, icon themes, Beryl themes, and, of course, wallpapers), although modifying a GTK theme if it's not entirely to your liking as-is is a little more involved in Xfce than it is in GNOME. But I can live with that little trade-off.
Fred in St. Louis
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