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"The highlight of this edition is the latest Xfce 4.10 desktop, which features the following improvements: online documentation; application finder; multiple rows and deskbar mode in the panel; actions plugin; MIME type editor; single-click operation, automated background image cycling and thumbnail rendering on the desktop; edge-tiling in the window manager. In the past, the xfapplet plugin made it possible for Xfce users to run GNOME applets within the Xfce panel. After talking to the MATE and Xfce developers, we updated this plugin and it now supports MATE applets. Among the many MATE applets that can now run in Xfce, mintMenu is probably the most popular. Improvements were made to mintMenu so that it could support Thunar, the Xfce Settings Manager and other aspects of the Xfce desktop...."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9
Easy, reliable, good housekeeping tools
The Xfce version of Mint gave similar results to the Mate one. The main programs provided were the same, as was their performance: good, save for Gnome-mplayer. Despite the installer downloading language packs (without asking), LibreOffice had only an American dictionary, but an English one was not too difficult to install with Synaptic.
The Xfce desktop was standard, apart from Mintís strange custom of not putting a pager on the panel. The panel now has two modes if you move it to the side: the traditional, and an LXDE-like one called the desk-bar mode. It was nice to see that Thunar now has the Ďopen as rootí option for directories and files. As usual with Mint, this is Xfce for those who like it: itís not much smaller than Mate, although the 32-bit would run perfectly in 512MB.
With the Mate version, encrypting /home had led to my having to use startx at re-boots. Now thereís only an error message which goes away if you ignore it.
For the average user, this is probably the best Xfce distro. Salix may be a little more stable, but itís a little less easy. Saline has better documentation, but doesnít provide easy encryption.
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8
Fast, easy installation from USB. Looks great.
Touch screen eGalax, monitor not detected on DE2700.
The Xfce distribution was easy to install, looks great with lots of software pre-installed. Updates are required.
However, I cannot use this distribution and go back to Linux 2011 for following reasons:
* HDMI output is required at 800x600 for our cash-register, which we sell to chinese restaurants. I need extra lines in .xprofile, else this one does not start correct:
xrandr -- mode add
xrandr -- use mode
I am using a DE2700 industrial PC with HDMI output.
Because of this startup-code, there is a dirty glitch in the video.
During installation of Linux the touch screen works very well, even without drivers installed. But after installation there is no touch anymore. The eGalax driver cannot detect the touch screen. Even after fixing udev rules and make the device visible. Lot's of tries in xorg.conf also didn't help.