This product is still Beta and does not reflect the quality of the final product.
First thing I did was in a terminal I typed "sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop" downloaded all the required files. It took about +-4 hours. Logged out and logged into Xfce.
I have never used Xfce desktop before; as a result I was very eager to try it out.
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Xubuntu 6.06 Beta (Dapper Drake) uses "Xfce 4 Desktop Environment
version 22.214.171.124 (Xfce 4.3 UNSTABLE)"
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First thing I noticed was how quickly Xfce started up. In my experience neither Gnome or KDE has ever booted up at such a speed. Xubuntu's desktop looks like a hybrid between Gnome and KDE (Of cause this is not a hybrid but is Xfce). A Gnome looking panel at the top and a slim downed version of KDE's taskbar at the bottom. Xfce looks very interesting indeed.
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Xfce menu is simple but well categorised. All of my Gnome and KDE apps were listed under the correct sub-menus. KDE and Gnome applications load at relatively the same speed in Xfce as if I was running Gnome or KDE.
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I immediately discovered that Xfce uses Thunar as its file manager. Thunar has no added features, in fact it is very simple but it does get the job done.
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Looking for a particular application in Xfce's menu can be a nightmare especially if you have Gnome and KDE applications installed. This is where Xfce 4 Appfinder comes in handy. Type in the name of the app you looking for and like magic it comes up.
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Xfce also includes a basic task-manager. It shows all of the services the system is using. (Similar to task-manager found in Windows)
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Xfce also includes:
Xfmedia (A basic multimedia player, with the correct codecs installed can play mp3's, mpeg's etc)
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Orage (Basic calendar)
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Mousepad (Text editor)
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If your system runs slowly using Gnome or KDE then try out Xfce. On the other hand if you think Gnome or KDE is bloated and you wish you could have a desktop that was like either Gnome or KDE. Then Xfce is for you. Xubuntu is a welcomed member of the Ubuntu family. I look forward to Xubuntu 6.06 final.
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