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Ubuntu Studio moving to Xfce

Posted: Mon May 16, 2011 8:37 am
by exploder
I saw today that Ubuntu Studio will be changing to Xfce for their next release. It is nice to see the Developers take their own direction rather than just being another Ubuntu clone. It should be interesting to see how their next release takes shape. :)

Edit: Here is the announcement.

http://www.cio.com.au/article/386600/ub ... p=4&fpid=5

Edit 2: Here is the official announcement here.

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubunt ... 07629.html

Re: Ubuntu Studio moving to Xfce

Posted: Tue May 24, 2011 1:50 pm
by nunol
It's a logical move, the Unity and GNOME 3 interface is geared to new users and KDE is bigger and heavy. XFCE is going to get the job done and is lighter and faster on the system.

Re: Ubuntu Studio moving to Xfce

Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:01 pm
by phredbull
When I was looking for a distro to use as an audio production machine, I looked into the audio-centric distros, but eventually decided to use Mint Isadora Fluxbox as my OS. I found Ubuntu's implementation of XFCE to be only marginally more efficient than Gnome, certainly not nearly as efficient as my Mint XFCE Debian setup. OTOH, Kendall's implementation of Fluxbox absolutely flies. Overall, I felt like Ubuntu Studio was merely Ubuntu w/RT kernel and every audio app they could get from the Repos. I can do that myself w/Liquorix kernels and a more thoughtful software selection, all on a much lighter base.

My $.02, coming from an audio professional who has been wrestling with music production in Linux, and continues on with the struggle...

Re: Ubuntu Studio moving to Xfce

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:09 pm
by kvv
phredbull wrote: I can do that myself w/Liquorix kernels
Or you could just use a realt time kernel right? There should be a ppa somewhere and the -rt kernel is available in the repositories AFAIK.
This is because I remember seeing a mailing list a while back, where they showed that Liquorix kernel's BFS doesn't really outperform the the standard kernel for most workloads. The creator of course disagrees (I don't understand it though :p), and maybe it works well for you.

Re: Ubuntu Studio moving to Xfce

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:33 pm
by affirmedatheist
It's pretty much a no-brainer for mine. I'm amazed they didn't do it sooner. I decided to try XFCE when grabbing LMDE and I'm impressed by just how much if flies.

Re: Ubuntu Studio moving to Xfce

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:43 am
by affirmedatheist
kvv wrote:
phredbull wrote: I can do that myself w/Liquorix kernels
Or you could just use a realt time kernel right? There should be a ppa somewhere and the -rt kernel is available in the repositories AFAIK.
This is because I remember seeing a mailing list a while back, where they showed that Liquorix kernel's BFS doesn't really outperform the the standard kernel for most workloads. The creator of course disagrees (I don't understand it though :p), and maybe it works well for you.
Well, a PPA wouldn't work for him as he's using Mint Debian XFCE (PPAs don't exist in Debian, though I'm sure there's a repo with a -rt kernel around somewhere).

Re: Ubuntu Studio moving to Xfce

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:43 am
by fraxinus_63
I think that many of us will be looking again at XFCE, for all sorts of reasons, in the coming months!

Hope this is a good move for Ubuntu Studio - I can well understand why they are doing it. Their target users will need a proper, fully featured desktop and will not be using the mobile devices that Unity and Gnome Shell are trying to reach out to.