Enough With Gnome!

03/13/2012 § Leave a comment

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Believe it or not, I’m really tired of grousing about Gnome. Or Gnome 3, to be specific. In earlier episodes of my whining (and it wasn’t my intent to write a complaint blog) I’ve gone at length about my dual head set up, how important it was to me to be just so, and blah and blah…

I thought I had it fixed by simply switching to Mint, and then that turned out to be a bust after another update. Well I never fixed it completly, settling for a dual mode set up that left the apps & system menu on my net book. Well it simply wasn’t what I wanted so I went ahead and made the switch to Xfce.

It was relatively painless, I simply flipped on the on the Xfce packages in Synaptic & let’r rip. (I’ve tried using that other package manager thing but its slow (I blame python) and you can only select one package at a time. What is that?) I selected everything I thought I would need for Xfce, like Thunar, and any other related libs. I also read that most apps would probably be compatible with Xfce as well, even gsettings had an Xfce-specifc lib. After downloading the nessessary components I logged out, logged back in, and had a GUI that was completely recognizable. And y’know what else? The desktop was much more responsive. This counts on an underpowered netbook.

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