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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:52 pm    Post subject: kde or xfce ?? Reply with quote

I'm installing a new version of Gentoo!

But I'm wondering which desktop environment is better between KDE and XFCE I've already used both.

I prefer kde because is a complete environment there are a lot of different and useful software... But when I used it there were a lot of bugs and some softwares crash quite often. Moreover I spent the majority of time to solve compatibility problems or conflit among portage's packages, especially when some upgrade went out ... is it still so buggy? [/glep]

Xfce isn't as nice as kde but is more stable, and I can customize it as I want... I can't use compiz inside it.. and it should have less upgrades than kde...

I will install it on my laptop which I use for the university, for developping, and something else..

So I can't decide.. Any advice is welcome...

P.S I can't stand GNOME3...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How log ago was this? KDE4 is mostly over its teething problems and has been very stable for me for a long time. If you don't specifically want a really minimal system, I'd vote KDE.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be leet and choose some useless...ahem...minimalist system like wmii or something.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was more than one year ago!!!

Unfortunately I couldn't use Gentoo for such long time...

There aren't any problem with the audio? Does Phonon work properly?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

XFCE. You'll spend more time setting it up, but it'll be yours.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pes88, if you prefer KDE but your reason for caution is your experience a year ago, I am using KDE 4.8.3 and it's stable and smooth on my main laptop, which is my machine for both professional and personal use. KWin Desktop Effects are very good these days so I don't bother using Compiz any more. As you specifically asked, I have no trouble with audio or Phonon (I've used both the VLC and the GStreamer backends, and both work for me). I'm using Xfce on an old laptop, as the hardware would not support KDE (specs for both machines are given here). I like both environments, but would recommend KDE if your hardware is not a constraint.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like XFCE because it's very modular. I can trim dependencies, reducing maintenance effort, as well as eliminate daemons/applets running the background, reducing baseline battery usage.

I'm not very familiar with recent incarnations of KDE, so perhaps you could achieve something similar there ...
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should go for kde espacially on gentoo as you can use some interesting use flag to make KDE very very light (remove semantic-desktop cups bluetooth ... )
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally, I've installed KDE...
It seems working properly...
Thanks for the advices...

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Inviato: Mer Giu 13, 2012 4:31 pm Oggetto:
You should go for kde espacially on gentoo as you can use some interesting use flag to make KDE very very light (remove semantic-desktop cups bluetooth ... )


This is what I want to do...

Thanks!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The kde core is very stable nowadays. And with "the kde core" I basically mean what you get when you install kde-base/kdebase-startkde.

The rest of satellite packages might have their own assortments of bugs.

From what I see around, the office suite, the pim stuff, and some other things are not in a state that I'd call production-ready. But hey, there are far better programs for these purposes than koffice and kmail, aren't there? :lol:
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