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Just installed xfce 4.4 beta 1 on Slackware 10.2. I must say I'm really impressed in how xfce is improving. The new look and feel is very nice!! Also the Terminal program (requires vte library) is a pretty full featured Terminal (tabs, transparency, nice configurability, and good performance). For being a beta release, xfce 4.4 is pretty damn stable as well. Has anybody else tried this out? What do you think? Slack + Xfce is pretty hard to beat....
It looks like you've got icons, are they including those in XFCE these days?
yeah, check this review out:
Also new in 4.4 is the long awaited support for icons on the desktop. It's still not drag & drop or right-click > make new icon, but there is preliminary support for icons on the destkop. Uniquely, one can set these icons to either show for minimized applications, file launcher icons, or none at all.
I really enjoy Xfce. For the longest time, I stuck with the 3.8 version throughout Slackware 9.* to 10.0, just 'cos I really liked the CDE feel to it. Then I succumbed to the lure of Xfce-4.* and am currently on 4.2.2 (the default Slackware 10.2 version).
I like its stability, and how - just like Slackware itself - stays out of the way of what I am doing when working or fooling around. Xfce is there, supports what I want to do, cleanly, reliably, and as far as I can tell, efficiently too. The screen doesn't feel cluttered at all, and I have set my terminal as konsole, so that way I get the motd, cool schemas as well as tabbed terminal windows. Konsole also allows transparency, although is a bit shaky, I admit. All in all though, the improvements are hard to see from the screenshots. But, I'm sure that the improvements are probably in the performance because Xfce is already of such a high quality and small footprint. As for the icons on the desktop, I used to enjoy that with the old 3.8.* version, and missed the fact that one could also change the colour of the panel and that icons would load on your desktop with the 4.* generation.
Oh well. I agree, it would be nice if the latest, stable, Xfce shipped with Slackware 11.0, but I suspect that Pat won't touch it unless it's stable