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Hope it's not a too silly question, but here goes:
Wondering about Xubuntu, is it better than Ubuntu in terms of all these amazon/privacy issues and shenannigans that are occuring currently? Basically, is Xubuntu an xfce ubuntu without all the unnecessary BS people are complaining about in pure ubuntu?
Basically, is Xubuntu an xfce ubuntu without all the unnecessary BS people are complaining about in pure ubuntu?
The choice of DE is a personal matter; there is no such thing as one is better than the other for then the final decision is based on the person of the user who also developed his taste/choice out of reasons meaningful to him.
KDE has plenty of good and useful libraries; Gnome has its own too; yet, from the weakness for being obese or an overweight both KDE and Gnome cannot satisfy those users whose taste is mainly judged by the speed and agility of the DE, thus, for this purpose XFCE was born. Xfce did not find the need to write its own and replicate libraries that do the same service: therefore, the best path it took was only to produce one slim, agile, lightning DE that uses and rides over libraries provided by KDE and Gnome. Another feature that one may enjoy in using Xfce is its openness to being configured in anyway and easily by the user --a privilege that is very limited when you are in either KDE or Gnome session. One respectable networking-guru known to me recently complained at Xfce (in Slackware 14) criticizing from the basis of "usability" at first boot. Yes, Xfce even offers a session of an EMPTY desktop, this is the strength of Xfce: to be capable of being configured to the users' WHIMS!, a privilege clearly not available when you log into a KDE or Gnome session.
As said, desktop environments are a personal taste. I'm a long time Ubuntu user and did decide to give Ubuntu with Unity a try when I switched from 10.04 to 12.04. I can not really say "wow, that it's for me"; I rather have a normal menu structure to find my applications.