"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." (Robert A. Heinlein)

Friday, 20 March 2015

Test Drive: Xfce (Xubuntu) on the EEEPC 900

As promised in previous post I continued in my touring about testing lightweight desktop environments on the EEEPC. This time I installed on my netbook the most famous lightweight desktop: Xfce.
I've been using Xfce for many years on my, now dismissed, old Sempron 2400 desktop computer. I never worked with it on the EEEPC. At the time the EEEPC was my “fastest” computer and Gnome used to work fine enough on it.

Installation and first impressions

I installed Xfce from shell by simply typing:
sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
After the installation process competed I logged off from the Gnome-Shell session and logged back in after selecting Xfce (Xubuntu Session) as desktop environment.
Here is the Xfce just after logging in:
Xfce has improved a lot since the last time I used it, one for all the new “Whisker” menu that offers all the features a modern desktop menu should have.
the upper panel notification icons were a little messed up, this is probably because I already had installed Lxde.
Like I noticed while testing Lxde also with Xfce the EEEPC is working smoothly and responsively. I almost forgot that my using my old netbook could be like this.

Some desktop personalization

One of the good things about Xfce is that it always offered a good degree of personalization. This is even more important in these times of one-fits-all philosophy.
So after a brief configuration-tour I set up the desktop aspect to my preferences:

Conclusions

Xfce is a lightweight, fast, reliable and even good-looking desktop environment. I already knew it but using it on the EEEPC confirmed my opinion. Still I miss some Gnome-Shell features, as i said in my previous post, especially the “hot corner” functionality. I wonder if somewhere on the planet exits a lightweight implementation of these features.