Logic’s Last Stand

December 7, 2009

The Linux Wanderer

Filed under: Computers, Freeware — Tags: , , , — Zurahn @ 12:06 am

Once again, I have moved to another distribution of Linux. I had last installed Ubuntu 9.10 and the Kubuntu packages, but it was time to move on. Why, exactly? Well, that’s that thing: I don’t know. That is, I don’t know what the problem was, but I sure couldn’t fix it.

Despite even inquiring on Superuser, the inexplicable issue of sudden reversions in files never did cease, despite multiple harddrives, filesystem checks, startup variations, etc. Concluding with a sudden and inexplicable loss of microphone functionality, it was time to call it quits.

So I have since given Xubuntu a go with the ext4 filesystem (in lieu of reiserFS which I had been using previously). While no doubt attributed by just my own greater experience, this has been the smoothest transition yet. Everything has just worked, and very quickly to boot.

Xfce Desktop

Xubuntu is based on the Xfce desktop environment, which is meant to be a lightweight alternative to Gnome and KDE. It’s not so trimmed down as some others, though, and works as something of a midrange solution. It provides simple modularity and customization.

Unlike Gnome, the task manager on the panel works vertically, and compared to KDE I’ve found it particularly snappy and responsive. While previously it would have felt like a step back, it manages to now be fully functional, though perhaps missing a little flair.

Here’s hoping this one can stand the test of time.



  1. The LXDE desktop is nice…even slimmer than XFCE and faster.

    Ubuntu is supposed to be coming out with a flavor soon (if they haven’t already) called, yes Lubuntu. There is also a LiveCD called MoonOS which is a spin of Ubuntu using the LXDE desktop.

    Glad everything went smooth for ya.

    PS: I’m a Puppy Linux user.

    Comment by larro — December 29, 2009 @ 6:32 pm

  2. Everyone’s mileage varies. I like the uber-lightweight and super-simple LXDE desktop too, but it had persistent bugs that just annoyed me to bits! I never gave Xfce a fair shot until recently, and what a delightful surprise! I agree that’s a great “mid-range solution.” I’ve learned that LXDE takes the majority of its code from Xfce, and it’s been “under heavy development” (read: not ready for prime time) for ever. I suspect that when LXDE matures, there will be very little difference between Xfce and LXDE.

    I do like the file manager, though! It’s worth keeping an eye on the project, and I wish them well. I’ll prob’ly give Lubuntu a spin when it’s ready. But my “mid-range solution” is perfect for my typical needs on a 5-year-old low-resource ‘puter.

    Xubuntu 9.10 rocks!

    Comment by robinzrants — January 3, 2010 @ 7:25 am

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