Hoser Rob wrote:Well, I wasn't interested in LMDE as suggested. This is the 3rd computer I've installed xfce on. I like it.
And, sorry, but xfce 4.8, installed through synaptic over ubuntu 12.04 based mint, runs rings around the mint xfce edition. There is just no doubt in my mind there.
To the last poster ... you may like thunar better than what came with mate, but try dolphin. Yes, it imports a slew of dependencies, but dolphin is extremely powerful. It will speed you up much more than the extra program footprint will slow the machine down. I will not use any other linux file manager anymore. Actually, I kind of think thunar stinks myself.
I know Thunar is limited in capability, it just happens to be better than Mate's file manager, which can't seem to do custom actions, a huge disadvantage. Thunar works ok, about as well as Windows XP's Explorer, and it seems fast--I transferred 1.6tb in 3 hours on one of my machines, not a shabby performance. I could wish there were more custom actions built-in to Linux Mint's Thunar, such as "Edit file as root," which I find handy. Thunar is a competent file manager, but I can readily imagine that another one might be even better.
I will install Dolphin, but if I like it, then it is likely I will go with KDE for my desktop. I think a good scenario would be KDE for desktop, Xfce for htpc, and Xfce for my old laptop.
I have not tried Xfce 4.08, but have not really noticed any slowness in 4.10, maybe because my motherboard and cpu are relatively modern. I like to upgrade my hardware. Ebay makes it easy, because there are always people wanting to buy old hardware, leaving little reason for hanging on to that old motherboard or cpu. It is a good way to solve a Linux hardware problem: sell the difficult part on Ebay and replace with a Linux-friendly part. I would prefer 4.10 of Xfce over 4.08, because reviews said there were a lot of bug fixes.
To the other poster, I tried Xubuntu 12.10, but Linux Mint Xfce is better--either Maya or Nadia is better. Xubuntu made a lot of unfortunate, that is to say strange, design decisions, which take a lot of time for the end user to undo. Also, in 12.10, the splash (plymouthd) crashed all the time until I finally disabled it. I would get a crash report daily.