I have spoken about my concerns over the changes in Gnome 3 and Ubuntu’s plumping for its own Unity. Recent news is that Mint will be bringing out their own brand of Gnome 3 that behaves more like Gnome 2. Oh, what a dog’s breakfast that sounds like!
I mentioned I would try LXDE, well I did, but with it’s single panel, it really doesn’t quite cut it for me I’m afraid. So, I had a look at XFCE 4. Yes, yes, yes. It is a bit of a bugger to get working the way I want it to, but so far it seems to do the job. It is neat, I can have two panels with everything more or less near where I had it before. I can have the little panel applet that shows me my battery state, network connectivity, date, deliveries, volume, and all those handy things; I get a frame switcher, wastebasket, time display on the bottom, in the usual place, and I get to see the active & minimised windows in the lower panel. I can perch all my favourite applications in the middle of the top panel, and instead of three menus where two of them were full of stuff I wasn’t really that interested in, I get one menu with everything I have installed, as well as admin, settings, system and preferences. I’d prefer it if I could have it more like it was in gnome – separate menu trees for applications, top-level directories, system/admin stuff and preferences was useful. But I can work with this.
I also had a look at OpenBox. My partner doesn’t see why I find it so amusing. One day, one day, I will get there – it is funny, and part of me loves the idea. No desktop, just an application launcher. Takes me back to when 90% of my time was worked in a terminal window.
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