Been using Xfce since 3.something.
Never looked back, and I keep finding good reasons why...
+1! I prefer a lighter desktop myself. But that was thanks to #!
) and their choice of Openbox for their default desktop. The fact that much of my personal tech is also showing signs of age could also have a lot to do with it.
#! has an XFCE version as well. But after using both for a while, I find myself with a 'slight but definite' preference for Openbox. Which seems to suggest it's not so much which
desktop manager gets used as it does how well it's been implemented
and tweaked for a specific distro.
Not to say you couldn't do all of that yourself from scratch. (This is Linux after all!) But that's a huge amount of work, so it's a much better strategy to find something that meets your needs 90% of the way and customize from there.
The article makes it sound as though GNOME 3.0 is super stable and ready to go, so it makes me wonder if Ubuntu will be using it in their eminent Ubuntu 11.4 release..
It will likely be in their repositories. But last I heard, Shuttleworth & Co, are totally committed to using Unity
as the default desktop starting with release 11.4, aka Natty
Most people outside Canonical seem to think this is a 'very bad' idea.
Unity looks very much like GNOME 3.0 to me. At least from screenshots and videos alone, they seem very similar to me.
Hope not! I tried Unity and didn't like it at all. I really thought they crossed the line between "simplified" and "dumbed-down" in its current version.
If I want to ride a training-wheel equipped bicycle while handcuffed and wearing a straitjacket I can always buy something from Apple. At least that way I'll get bragging rights with the Cappuccino Computing Cabal
that hogs the tables over at my local Barnes & Noble.