Xfce

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Xfce is a desktop environment for UNIX like operating systems that embodies modularity and re-usability with components to provide functionality of a modern desktop environment.

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Xfce review by User in Marketing and Advertising
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"A quality Linux Desktop with all of the core necessities"

What do you like best?

XFCE's best features include portability and completeness.

Portability:

XFCE is very easy to use for most end users. When looking for a quality desktop experience, most users utilize Ubuntu, but when using other Linux operating systems it is convenient to have an option to easily install a desktop that is easy to use. XFCE will run on anything that handles X11 which gives it almost complete support of all Linux Operating Systems.

Completeness:

XFCE has everything expected of a base desktop environment. It boasts a full office suite along with basic utilities such as paint, email, music, and web browsing programs. All of the programs boast robust open source communities, and are great quality for a free desktop environment.

What do you dislike?

Size. XFCE will run on a variety of hardware, but it is far too heavy weight for embedded systems and microcontrollers.

Customizability: despite a robust theming engine, if you choose to utilize another program to replace something in the suite, you still cannot remove the unused suite program without uninstalling all of XFCE.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it on a live USB before implementing it in your workflow.

If you are looking for a lighter experience, consider using a window manager like I3 with raw X11.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

XFCE is spectacular for:

using as a default desktop environment in a live USB for testing computer hardware

Open source fans looking for a free full featured desktop environment

Those looking for an alternative to the Ubuntu Unity desktop

Those looking for an X11 based desktop environment

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Xfce review by Alejandro V.
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"Hace justo todo lo que necesito"

What do you like best?

Todo se siente corto. Es rápido en popular, pero también no está lleno de animaciones vanas y distracciones inútiles.

What do you dislike?

Las alternativas y configuraciones son un desastre para navegar y localizar cosas. Todo está ahí, aunque mal organizado en configuraciones específicas, como programas.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Pruébalo si valoras la función sobre la forma.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Lo uso día a día como el entorno de mi computadora como desarrollador de programas de software. Sigue fuera de mi camino y podríamos manipular la computadora como me gusta.

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Xfce review by Travis K.
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"A Lightweight, Clean, and Simple Desktop Environment"

What do you like best?

I use Xfce Desktop Environment with my Ubuntu Linux system on my Chromebook. I love how fast and simple Xfce is. Chromebooks aren't very powerful machines, so I needed something that wouldn't bog down my system. Xfce is the perfect match. It can do all the things that Unity, Gnome, or KDE can do, but is a lot faster and cleaner looking.

What do you dislike?

Some of the configuration settings are a little bit difficult to find and figure out. I feel like Unity or KDE are a lot more user friendly as far as setting up shortcuts or visually tweaking how things look. There have been a few times where I am trying to do something specific, but can't figure out how to do it, so I give up.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is very easy to switch between Desktop Environments on a linux system. I recommend trying out several different ones and see what works best for your setup. I think you will find that Xfce is one of the fastest and cleanest looking Desktop Environments.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It makes for a speedy work environment. No waiting for programs or menus to load.

Xfce review by Giancarlo M.
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"For low memory!"

What do you like best?

Sometimes you need a windows manager that won't load your memory with stuff you don't even need, Xfce is quite a good option for this, windows will move as fast as you can imagine even when using an old computer or even better when connection to remote server and you want the best performance.

What do you dislike?

You could do some more effort on the background images, I know we are not talking about much resources but the default images are pretty ugly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take in consideration this is not for people who are looking for a very fancy desktop manager, but instead it was created for those who need a very good performance.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Get a very good and easy to use user interface for a server running Linux

Xfce review by Benjamin B.
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"Rock-solid desktop environment for Linux-based OSes."

What do you like best?

- Rock solid stability. Fantastic performance on the weakest of machines as it is so lightweight.

- Highly customizable with the ability to customize every part of your desktop, install tray widgets and use various GTK themes and icon-sets.

- Easy to use for anyone who is familiar with Windows. The XFCE spin of Ubuntu (Xubuntu) makes this really easy to get into. Doesn't try too hard to be different (like Unity on Ubuntu for example).

- Included software is flexible and powerful (for example, the Thunar File Manager).

What do you dislike?

- Enabling window compositing effects can weaken performance immensely (even with a powerful NVIDIA GPU and proprietary drivers).

- Development is slow. Last major update was February 28th 2015, more than a year ago.

- Can take a while to customize it to be as productive as possible.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for a lightweight and highly configurable and customizable desktop environment for Linux, XFCE is definitely worth looking at. Take a look at Xubuntu to see how it's done well.

Alternatively, Linux Mint's 'Cinnamon' desktop is worth a look at which runs on-top of GNOME 3. Requires a more powerful PC however.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Enables older machines to run a modern operating system with ease. On higher-end machines enables great productivity sticking to the traditional desktop paradigm.

Xfce review by Phil w.
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"XFCE is a good compromise for desktop effeciency"

What do you like best?

This desktop environment is following the KISS principle, keep it simple stupid. It's based on GTK+ and not so disruptive as GNOME project.

Debian integration is just great.

Anyway I am not using so much other applications like thunar file manager or calendar etc, most of my apps are running in fulll screen mode, but I have to admit that system levels in task bar are convenient,

What do you dislike?

I think memory fingerprint could be enhanced, there is no need to provide so many services, and no special customization on first run, E project let user decide the profile that match its need, I think this is a good idea.

I also faced a bug in xfce-power-manager that conflicted with LXDE, so better avoid to have them both on your system, just purge one of them if you don't use it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try to install Xubuntu it's quite popular over years.

As said earlier XFCE is using GTK+ toolkit so it should be able to support wayland graphics system, I haven't tried but it could worth to be tested if you're looking for lightweight environment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used as default desktop in a VM shipped to my projects partners.

It's good to user to have stable interface consistency over years.

Xfce review by User in Telecommunications
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"XFCE as a good alternative to Windows"

What do you like best?

Very traditional, easy to use menus, fast to boot

What do you dislike?

Looks a bit dated (early 2000's), could have more theme options, file browser can lock up (very rarely)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Check it out, it's quick to install, runs great on older hardware and it;s fast to use. Perfect for software development.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it for software development as it's quick to boot and it doesn't get in the way of development. It's also stable and rarely crashes. Not too much of a memory hog, either.

Xfce review by Faissal B.
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"Speeds up workflow"

What do you like best?

It's fast, good looking and has a range of options for customisation. The ability to alt-tab through windows and use workspaces is great and speeds up my workflow significantly.

What do you dislike?

XFCE has no native Wayland or Mir support.

There is also no support for animated entry/exit for panels.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use if you require a lightweight window manager and desktop environment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Less powerful computers can be used, as it conserves system resources. The workspaces feature allows for us to manage and organise our setup, and the hotkeys that we can use to jump to a workspace speeds up our workflow.

Xfce review by Spencer M.
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"Lightweight but less hardware support"

What do you like best?

- Xfce was genuinely lightweight, on both the hard drive and system resources.

- Quick initial setup.

What do you dislike?

- Had some display issues, and googling around always came across tips for Ubuntu that were not helpful.

- Had a similar experience with the WiFi

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ultimately I had more profit with Xbuntu and then Lubuntu.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Wanted a lightweight dev machine. Got a really (physically) lightweight netbook with but an Intel Atom processor so was looking for lightweight software.

Xfce review by Ali A.
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"Lightweight DE"

What do you like best?

Xfce was genuinely lightweight, on both the hard drive and system resources.

What do you dislike?

Had some display issues, and googling around always came across tips for Ubuntu that were not helpful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try if you value function over form.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's very light on resources so we can actually give a head to our otherwise headless servers for those that aren't that good using the terminal

Xfce review by Antonio R.
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"Lightweight and Modular Desktop Environment"

What do you like best?

Xfce is really good, it's light and fast and it gets the work done. It's modular approach is great, you can swap applications you don't like for your own and the Desktop Environment doesn't get in the way

What do you dislike?

Configuration could be done easier but it is not that big of a deal

Recommendations to others considering the product

Xfce is great and is very modular, you can change applications and it will not get in the way

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's very light on resources so we can actually give a head to our otherwise headless servers for those that aren't that good using the terminal

Xfce review by User in Internet
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"Does just what I need without "

What do you like best?

Everything feels quick. It's fast in general, but also not full of useless animations and unnecessary distractions.

What do you dislike?

The options and settings are kind of a mess to navigate through and find things. Everything is in there, but poorly organized across different settings-like programs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try if you value function over form.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it day-to-day as my desktop environment as a software developer. It stays out of my way and lets me control the computer how I like.

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