Oct 20, 2011

Bauer-Puntu 11.10 Will Use XFCE

Back in my early Ubuntu days I switched over to Xubuntu which was Ubuntu that used XFCE for it's desktop environment instead of Gnome. The thing I liked about XFCE was that it was lighter than Gnome, and didn't use up as many system resources. I think it was around the time I started making Bauer-Puntu Linux that I switched back over to regular Ubuntu with Gnome and have been stuck there ever since.

That is until now. I am in the process of building Bauer-Puntu 11.10, which of course will use Ubuntu 11.10 as the base. When I downloaded Ubuntu 11.10 though I wasn't too happy with the desktop environment. I'm not talking about stupid Unity either, I am talking about Gnome Shell 3.2. It sucks! Frankly, I don't think I should have to do a Google search to find out where the hell they placed the system menu. You can find it by clicking on your user name in the upper right by the way. How friggin' un-intuitive is that? Also, how the frig do you edit panels, and add/remove objects from panels? When you right click on one of the panel bars, you no longer get the option to add something to the panel. What gives Gnome?

Anyhoo, I decided to install XFCE by running:

>sudo apt-get install xfce4

Then I logged out, and logged back in using XFCE. Much better! Welcome back my good friend XFCE! It's been a while! Have a beer! Mmmmm Taurino Cerveza!


Anyhoo, the point of this is to let you Bauer-Puntu users know to expect a leaner and faster Bauer-Puntu if all goes well with me building it using XFCE. If you are new to XFCE, I think you will dig it. It is similar to Gnome, but everything runs way the hell faster. It's just not as pretty.

I am curious to know what you think about the switch from Gnome to XFCE. Good idea? Bad idea? What desktop environment do you prefer and why? Let me know in the comments.

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