Fedora Desktop on XO

Chris Ball cjb at laptop.org
Tue Jan 6 14:23:24 EST 2009


Hi,

   > Now, the question I have is why we would chose GNOME over XFCE.  I
   > think there are significant differences in system resource
   > consumption.

We had a long thread about whether to use GNOME or XFCE on devel@ last
month.  I suggested XFCE, and was persuaded that the disk image size
of DebXO+GNOME is not significantly different than DebXO+XFCE, and that
both run fine without swap, suggesting that we might be able to pull off
GNOME on Fedora.  If we find it unbearable, I'm fine with using XFCE
instead, but my impression was that GNOME is preferred.

(For the record, I'm not against investigating adding some swap for 9.1
now that we have NAND partitioning available.  We'd have to be more sure
of our estimate that it won't significantly shorten the lifespan of the
flash chip, though.  What do people think?)

   > Even though XFCE is not a Fedora-supported desktop environment, it
   > is readily supported in other distributions.  We could easily
   > borrow the polish that XUbuntu has applied to its distribution and
   > get a system equally usable as GNOME.

Scott previously made a build stream ("faster") that contains both Sugar
and XFCE and a way to switch between them, so this integration work has
already been done.

- Chris.
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Chris Ball   <cjb at laptop.org>


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