[xstreamos-discuss] xfce desktop?

Valrhona valrhona at gmail.com
Mon Jul 21 11:18:12 CEST 2014

The main issue is the convenience of settling upon a single desktop
environment (if possible) for all of my different systems. I use XFCE
as part of an official ubuntu distribution (Xubuntu), and in the Linux
Mint XFCE edition; and XFCE has already been implemented on Illumos
with Tribblix, so it should be possible to make it work in a
relatively straightforward manner. I am fine with GNOME 2, since that
is what I use with OpenIndiana and am accustomed to it, but it's a
dead-end path since the code is not being actively developed. XFCE is,
for lack of better reasons, what I decided was the easiest for me to
learn when I played with it; in my experience, LXDE and Enlightenment
were a bit less polished. All desktop environments can be
idiosyncratic, but I suppose I just know XFCE's best.

As for the XStreamOS implementation, I can't get the right programs to
open the right files; PDFs are opened in gimp, instead of Evince, and
I couldn't find in a few minutes of looking how to fix this. The
right-click behavior doesn't open a drop down menu, which must be
prompted by holding down the right mouse button. I couldn't find the
menu editor, etc. etc. I am sure there is nothing fundamental about
this, but I just fine XFCE easier and more intuitive, and it is more
widely distributed among other Unix and Linux distributions.

Those are just my thoughts, though more experienced users may
disagree. Thanks again for all of the important work on this

On Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 4:21 AM, Gabriele Bulfon
<gabriele.bulfon at sonicle.com> wrote:
> Please let us know the features you miss from xfce, and we may reconsider
> having it work again
> Thanks a lot!
> Gabriele.
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> Da: Valrhona <valrhona at gmail.com>
> A: xstreamos-discuss at lists.sonicle.com
> Data: 17 luglio 2014 9.53.59 CEST
> Oggetto: Re: [xstreamos-discuss] xfce desktop?
> To elaborate, I have downloaded the xfce package in the package
> manager, but don't know how to activate it, or if it will work. Have
> you guys tested this out?
> I got a lot of other stuff working that I use regularly: Wine (with
> Irfanview), LaTeX, Eclipse (though only 4.3.2 works, not 4.4),
> VirtualBox, git. The biggest thing remaining is the desktop; if you
> can get xfce working, then with all of the other hard work you have
> done (updated Firefox, LibreOffice, VLC, NVIDIA, pcmanfm), I should be
> able to switch over from OpenIndiana completely.
> So I hope you might be able to take a look into this soon, since I am
> definitely looking to make the switch as soon as I have a desktop I
> can use every day. Thank you so much for all of your hard work! This
> is really a great gift, once everything is working!
> Peter
> On Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 4:31 PM, Valrhona <valrhona at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Thanks for all of your hard work and updates. It's very exciting to
>> see you have a clean code base for an Illumos desktop, with so many of
>> the important applications working. I am used to using GNOME 2 (from
>> OpenIndiana) and XFCE on other platforms. I find the Cairo desktop a
>> bit simple; is there a way to get XFCE running on XStreamOS? That
>> would be a huge step forward for usability for me. Thank you!
>> Peter
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