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View Poll Results: Desktop Environment of the Year
Originally posted by jsmarshall85 i originally voted for kde, but that was before i installed slackware 9.1 with xfce 4 and man was i impressed. everything just worked with the exception of two minor tweaks to lilo and xf86config. i need to change my vote to XFce!
And your distro field, unless you're still using SuSE in addition to Slack.
It's quiet sad that many distro's use KDE as their "default" desktop. I think that's why most Linux users who use a desktop environment wind up sticking to KDE even though it's far uglier and slower and more Windows-like than Gnome. It also doesn't help that many distro's replace Gnome's beautiful icons and artwork with their own nasty looking ones (like Mandrake often did, probably still does). RedHat's "blue curve" theme also doesn't help either environment in my opinion because it's so damn ugly.
I have Gnome 2.4 running well enough on my PII 400MHz laptop, and it runs of course far better on my dual 1GHz PIII desktop. The artwork is very pleasant, the UI elements are very well done and Nautilus has gotten much better. it never crashes and it's very customizeable, with nicer configuration options than KDE as well and very good MIME types configuration.
I just reintroduced myself to Xfce in Arch Linux. Now I remember why I used it more on my RH9 box before I accidently deleted the OS during an installation of another. LOL. Unfortunately I have already voted for GNOME. But Xfce is helluva good desktop enviroment. I wish "it" much success in the future!