Fedora Desktop on XO

Christoph Wickert christoph.wickert at googlemail.com
Sun Jan 11 12:55:27 EST 2009

Am Dienstag, den 06.01.2009, 17:31 -0500 schrieb Erik Garrison:
> On Tue, Jan 06, 2009 at 10:54:24PM +0100, Bert Freudenberg wrote:
> > 
> > On 06.01.2009, at 22:34, Benjamin M. Schwartz wrote:
> > 
> > > Carlos Nazareno wrote:
> > >
> > >> Guys, maybe this can help. I whipped up a flash CPU benchmarking tool
> > >
> > > Currently, we are assuming that the issue will be RAM consumption, not
> > > CPU.  I personally have no reason to expect either system to behave
> > > differently in terms of background CPU overhead or cost of common  
> > > operations.
> > 
> > 
> > At 25c3 I bumped into a guy from LXDE. It's said to be a lot lighter  
> > on resources than even XFCE. Unfortunately I did not stay long enough  
> > to see it run on the XO, but maybe someone else did already?

Yes. AFAICS it runs nice and very fast, although/because it is not
feature complete as Gnome or Xfce.

> My impression from playing around with it is that it's significantly
> less polished than Gnome or XFCE.  Polish takes time, users, and
> development... it just seems that LXDE hasn't had enough yet.
> You can just look at the age of the projects:
>   GNOME  1999-03-03 (initial release)
>   XFCE   1996 (project start date)
>   LXDE   2006 (initial release)

This is only partly true since a lot of the LXDE components are older,
for example lxpanel, pcmanfm and openbox.

> [dates pulled from Wikipedia]
> As far as I know all these projects have been under development
> continuously since their inception.  Two, GNOME and XFCE, have had
> extremely large user bases.  It does not seem that LXDE has.

The Xfce user base is not that large as one might think. On the other
hand LXDE is very popular in Asia, for example in Taiwan. In Brasil
several vendors offer netbooks with LXDE and Mandriva preinstalled.

> Erik


(Fedora package maintainer for both Xfce and LXDE)

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