So, I’m back to Xfce on Fedora 20 and I’m staying put for now. Gnome has its advantages, and I could probably make it work, but I simply don’t have time to figure out all of its quirks right now. It hit me the other day that I really just need to settle on a desktop environment for a while until I have time to fritter away. Life’s busy right now (calculus 2, baby coming, big projects at work, etc). Xfce is easily the most usable without massive changes being required.
Things I like about Xfce:
- Speed. It’s fast on my semi-old computer (Thinkpad T60). Even things like hibernating or starting up are just so much faster than Gnome or (especially) Windows 7. It’s easily the biggest boon for me and a strong reason to use Linux at all, in my opinion.
- Ease of use. It’s not hard to find things, everything seems to work reasonably well, etc.
Things I don’t like:
- I wish I could just click the start bar and type like I can in Windows, Gnome, or even Unity. Sometimes that’s just the fastest way to find something you don’t use much.
- It’s missing some default programs that Mint had that I like (USB writer, LibreOffice, Firefox), but those can be added back.
- It’s functional, but could look better. I.e., it ain’t purty.
When I have more time, or if I get a faster computer, I intend to give Gnome a more full go. I think its paradigm will work better, ultimately. I just don’t have time to figure it out and make it work sufficiently on this older laptop.