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Xfce : A Lightweight Desktop Environment
There are many differences between UNIX like Operating Systems and desktop workstationsÕ OS that make UNIX and Linux so unique. One of them is the X layer being independent from the window manager, allowing the end user to choose between more than 60 different available window managers. Recently, two major projects have emerged on Linux, both trying to reproduce the look and feel of Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh environments on UNIX/Linux. KDE and GNOME, as they are known, are doing very well in this, and the developers have done a terrific good job, writing many applications to be embedded in the desktop. Although these environments work very well on a standalone workstation, they are slow when running across a Network. Moreover, the concept of an X server, with many users connected through the Network does not apply due to network performance issues and memory consumption. My feeling is that there is a strong need for a lightweight (but still powerful) environment that could run flawlessly when running on small servers and that could serve many X terminals (that can be real X terminals, other UNIX/Linux boxes running X or X emulator running on a Windows workstation).