I guess that for Xfce, transition to GTK3 will be well-timed and painless enough
amen |X|| with my fingers crossed
Compared to other xfce distros, Mint's Debian+xfce really does feel "unpolished"...
...but under the hood (many aren't even exposed via .desktop files, which is part of why I'm agreeing it's "unpolished")
are some cool Gnome leftovers. For instance: task manager applet is a Debian
component, but System Monitor
is a Gnome component. I sure would (and do, when running other xfce distros) miss having System Monitor at hand.
xfce project is somewhere around ? "nine years young". It's leader seems to be burned out (begging for additional devs to sign on). The project is going nowhere, fast. Its bugzilla reporting system is intimidatingly complex (fuggetaboutit). Nine years into things, its functionality is "sensible"... but, comparatively, is inadequate. Thunar does not
rock. Thunar + catfish... sucks. Traversing across myriad applets trying to figure out where to accomplish settings changes is tiresome...
xfce panel + plugin + gnome deskbar applet = pretty impressive.
Idunno why Mint devs didn't put those pieces together. Yeah, they're spread too thin, and too rushed...
For file searches, as shipped, mint's "locate" /etc/locatedb database isn't even triggered to regularly update.
Maybe Synaptic does so, via post-install; maybe MintUpdate does as well.
We also have Gam (gamin) as a search backend... but Thunar is blind.
I'm suggesting that xfce ain't gonna save us. It's up to us to fill-in-the-blanks to make better use of xfce.
Have you ever tried to edit the menu? OMG, what a maddening chore!
That's not specific to xfce, it's just following the freedesktop.org standard... but Gnome / KDE / Trinity / Ubrickquitty et al, yeah, I can't blame 'em for canning the "rigid" menu contsruct in favor of drag-to-arrange grouped panels. Ha! Act-ibbities! Like windows three-point-oh, on an acid trip! Drag an app window and it "flutters like a flag in the wind"?!? Dude, pass the bong...
I'm convinced that our numbers are too few to command (or to merit) the Mint devs expending a lot of effort in maintaining this extra version. Maybe exton will be willing to create a Mint-subsidiary (distributed via mint; supported via a dedicated subforum here wwwwwwway over in the corner)? That approach seems to have worked very well for PCLinuxOS -} Phoenix. End of an era, though (or something. That maintainer's latest version is two-steps-back, IMO).
Are my spectacles smudged, or did Mint's "lightweight" xfce distro ship with 230Mb worth of /icons ?
Is xfce really "lightweight" after you've loaded it's panels with various (launchers) TSR's? (no, it is not)
Surely we can put our heads together & decide best-of-breed, xfce-friendly apps for the next LiveCD & decide what all, what else, should be tweaked in the next distro.