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Xfce is a niche desktop environment. But given the moves developers are making with changes to KDE 4 and Gnome 3, not to mention Ubuntu's new Unity desktop, Xfce may be just the ticket to take you to a calmer, more satisfying computing environment while staying with your favorite Linux distro. Think of the Linux desktop shell as a mode of automotive transportation. Your garage can hold several different car models from the same manufacturer. When you take a trip, any of these cars will get you to your destination.
Granted, I've only watched versions up through 4.6, so I don't know what 4.8 has but XFCE hasn't had a menu editor in any workable shape or form since it's inception - now this is totally unacceptable. Did they finally make their menu editor work this time? Please tell me I can add my scripts or whatever I want to the menu under v.4.8 and I'll go right out and install it. Until then, it'll be a desktop I want to use because it plainly kicks butt, but I certainly can't use it if I can't control my own menu - how anyone could is beyond me.
You absolutely can add menu items in X11/xfce/Xubuntu now. It's even easier than ever. If you have the capability to do something in KDE or Gnome, you can do it in Xubuntu. Simply check the boxes to mark compatibility and the libraries, etc. are added. Have a favorite KDE app that doesn't work in Gnome? X will do it!
As to adding eye candy, I'm not sure who'd want to add any more than Xubuntu already comes with. What's the point?
Totally GREAT - it even works :)
doin' the happy dance...
I'll give it another whirl then - I *really* like that environment. Thanks Fixit :)
Regarding the last paragraph, Compiz does work with xfce. I am using that right now, and all of my favorite eye candy options from Gnome 2.32 are working fine!
There is a multitude of screencasts showing Compiz-Fusion running with Xfce.
Here's one example on YouTube: http://youtu.be/-yZHPHRQsPc