Is XFCE the best desktop environment for laptops? Why or why not?
For me, it is the best because I can make it a very minimal DE with little effort. On a laptop, it's all about maximizing my screen real estate.
it's actually quite easy to fix on any graphics configuration, on any distro:
- https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Intel_graphics#Tear-free_video (Intel)
- https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/AMD_Catalyst#Tear_Free_Rendering (AMD)
- https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/NVIDIA#Avoid_tearing_with_GeForce_600.2F700_series_cards (NVIDIA)
- http://duncanlock.net/blog/2013/06/07/how-to-switch-to-compton-for-beautiful-tear-free-compositing-in-xfce/ (All graphics configurations)
also, not EVERYONE gets tearing on xfce. it's always a toss-up.
this guy gets it. highly configurable. lightweight. no fuss. dark gtk theme, minimalist icon set, shrink your panels, and you're golden. it also has great multi-monitor support, and a perfect workspace manager.
I prefer xfce
About the tearing: the included composite manager can cause tearing on some drivers but you can just install compton and and configure it yourself. Its really not that hard.
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>the included composite manager can cause tearing on some drivers but you can just install compton and and configure it yourself
i know, i literally pointed that out in thorough, precise terms (here: >>52656793 to the other anon). also, compton is not the ideal solution, configuring your native graphics drivers is preferable (compton can't handle certain shapes, and can cause more glitches with video playback if not configured properly).
I use Xfce mostly because of how easy it is to make it look similar to OS 9. This is a pretty half-ass example in the screenshot, only takes about 10 seconds to go from default to this.
Somehow I doubt many people share my love for the OS 9 aesthetic but I like it. Just need to make an icon pack one of these days.
The package manager is decent, runs well on old hardware and boots quick as well. Documentation is lacking in case you need it and I would recommend avoiding the "flavours" and to use the base iso. Anything specific you want to know?
Looks good m8
Maybe-unrelated questions, but since you guys are running it, might just ask:
1- Does it come with a lot of stuff you never use (like Gnome/Unity)
2- Any key xfce-specifics that are really useful?
Its on all my uni's thinclients, I kinda like the look and consistency and could use some real DE features but then I'm on i3 now without a DE and don't really want to spend a lot of GB/ram/cpu on something that only looks a bit better
Both your questions are subjective, anyway..
1. Depends on the distro so check the packages, but it's way lighter than both of them
2. No idea, it does everything I need it to and nothing more.
I'm not going to twist your arm to use it, use whatever you want.
LXDE works nicely, Openbox is good. I have no need for GNOME or KDE. Because I like my DE to be simple, soft of system resources and stable, yet easy to customize to my needs. I do like Razor QT aswell, very nice but I never use it for more than 20 min at a time. But those 20 mins before it bricks my entire installation feels good
xfce config can be tricky, and when it comes to laptops you want everything to work out of the box, so no.
MATE is very similar, and better.
Still, DE's and WM's do pretty much the same in very similar ways. Don't be picky, just get the one you like the most.
Still better than xfce who can't save and automatically use your last multi-monitor settings every time you disconnect or connect external monitor, or (if enabled) ask you which presets to use every time external monitor connected but you can't create custom preset if there's no correct choice
tfw using xfce on a desktop beacuse other graphical enviroments have problems with 2 monitors
Plasma 5 on Manjaro works excellently on my hp dv6.
You should change your OS (why not just Archlinux), but foremost, SELL YOUR LAPTOP AS SOON AS YOU CAN.
I've got a hp dv6 with manjaro. I don't use it anymore, but the last time I used it it made me really anxious, as a revivence of the stress I had with this computer.
Why ? Manjaro has so much bugs you're bathing in a bug field like a quark bathing in a higgs field.
And I had a white line on the left side of my screen. To minimize a light, but permanent pain while browsing the Internet or taking notes I quickly resized my windows so they were squared. And because of poor pixel density I was spending more time scrolling for anything than typing or reading something.
Try to get refunded for your computer if you can.
I prefer Gnome for my laptop. Overview and big buttons work nicely.
It's not like it plays an important role though, I'm sure I would manage just fine without whatever shitty DE/WM as long as I can alt-tab and go fullscreen.
I've been using Xfce for about 4 months now. It's the only de I find comfy.
New to linux, heard good things about xfce's modability, also heard people talk about lxde's modability.
Which can be customized more? I've been leaning towards using lxde for quite some time but I also want to customize it like mad.
1. I installed it over the top of MATE, and it didn't add anything
2. Nothing too specific, but I'll just say that it uses less than 300mb ram just sitting there with nothing open, so if you have an older machine or not much ram then it's a good choice.
Desktop Environment-wise, I would guess so. However I would prefer to use a decent tiling manager rather than XFCE or something. I'm more accustomed to using keyboard shortcuts or commands.
Long story short: yes.
Because it's small and fast while still feeling like a full fledged and polished environment. Unlike LXDE that feels like and unfinished turn.
I'm not going to get into tiling manager because that's a whole other thing. Xfce isn't competing with that.
I just use kde on my laptop.
It is a good mix of efficient user interfaces and is very good when you only have a keyboard like on a laptop.
The window decoration is automatically hidden when I maximize an application and kwin rules are easy to set up.
I heavily rely on the calculator which means I can't really use other desktop environments as they doesn't have that.
I am not sure why I should try to move to something that does the same with a bit effort just to save 100 mb of ram.
I might try xfce one day if they find a way to integrate a calculator
I hate contrarians like you. You only use linux to set anime girls as you background and rice up your desktop. How about you form your own opinion instead of trying to act cool on fucking 4chan.
Seriously it seems like all the other DE developers thought "let's make something super flashy and awesome and unique with pretty animations!"
and Xfce went "how about we make something that's actually useable"