Husse wrote:The XFCE edition aims at being very low on memory, but not on the expense of quality
The gnome version runs OK on 384 MB but from 512 up is nice to have
I know this is an old thread but it comes close to my question: What difference is there between
installing XFCE on a 'vanilla' Linux Mint system and using XFCE CE?
I do the former (still Linux Mint 3) and don't find much to complain about. I have the latest
Linux Mint and Linux Mint XFCE CE live CDs but comparing them does not answer my question.
Any enlightenment is appreciated.
Merlwiz79 would be the one to answer this, but in my experience there is a huge difference between an Xfce only install and a Gnome install running Xfce. I do not know how "Gnome-centric" Mint is, but Fedora is very much so. You cannot remove Gnome from a running system without borking things badly unless you know exactly
what you are doing. The base install just uses too many Gnome packages such as GDM. The way to do it yourself in Fedora is to do a text install while selecting your base system very carefully. Then install the Xfce components. Or just use their Xfce spin, which is decent.
Of course many of us use Xfce for different reasons. I have a modern computer with plenty of RAM. I just like Xfce because it suites my style. But I have many Gnome apps along with a few KDE apps installed. I try to keep things lean, but it is not my major concern. For instance, I am running the latest compiz-fusion goodies using the Shame debian repo.
I will say that I do appreciate the Mint efforts to keep the Xfce edition light. My philosophy has always been that I just want a base system on install. I will install the apps I want from there. I think the Elyssa Xfce edition was the perfect balance out of the box. I hope it stays that way for future releases instead of moving towards that "everything but the kitchen sink" ideal that seems to be taking over in the Linux world.