Why does Xubuntu desktop look like GNOME?

daniele favara danjele at gmail.com
Tue May 2 10:09:03 UTC 2006

On 5/2/06, Foxy <foxy at on-the-hill.me.uk> wrote:
> Jani Monoses wrote:
> >
> >     >
> >     I cannot say that I am disappointed but I would agree with those who
> >     pointed out that XFCE had its own distinctive layout and there is no
> >     reason to make it look like Gnome. Frankly speaking there are
> >     other ways
> >     to make a light desktop anyway. I have screwed up my xfce4 config
> >     recently and after removing .config directory I had to spent some time
> >     reverting Xubuntu layout to familiar XFCE look.
> >
> >
> > With all respect for those who prefer the original xfce layout, the
> > current one is going
> > to be final since it is simpler. Those needing a specific layout can
> > easily make it happen.
> > So the thread can continue as far as I am concerned but will not
> > change this decision :)
> >
> > Jani
> yes, I agree that it would be wise to change the layout now and I guess
> those who prefer the original layout (like myself) missed the
> opportunity to discuss it earlier. Though I am not sure that the current
> layout is simpler.  It may be more familiar  for  Ubuntu users though
> and simper for them to use...

with the new xfce panel it's possible to set more then just one panel
.. and i think that's a really cool new feature .. that was not really
possible in breezy.

It makes sense to have 2 panel so .. one where you place the taskbar
and the other where you place launchers and the menu.

if i'm not wrong the default layout that xfce upstreamers use doesn't
include the xfdesktop menu plugin ... and the lower panel has not full
size ...

how are u going to use the left and right part of that panel ?

Consider even that panel and menu layout have been lergely discussed
as ubuntu specs.

I guess that layout improves the usability for new users ... the point
here is not if it looks nice or not .. or if we absolutely do not want
to have it with a gnomish look .. but if that layout is more

If that panel looks like the gnome one ... that means we arrived to
the same result and i do not think it's a good idea to FORCE a
different look ... but mainly to imporve the *usability*.

So ... why do u think that layout is less usable? :)



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