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Re: Proposal: switch default desktop to xfce

On Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:40:48 +0100
Steve McIntyre <steve@einval.com> wrote:

> This goes back to during the wheezy release cycle. There was a little
> discussion around a change in tasksel [1], but rather too late in the
> day for the change to make sense. Now we have rather more time, I
> feel. Let's change the default desktop for installation to xfce.

I've been using XFCE from unstable for over a year now, I strongly
recommend this environment as the default desktop for Debian.

Maybe make the GNOME option more visible in DI rather than a submenu
off the Advanced Install options.

>  * Make the tasksel change stick
>  * Tweak CD and installer builds:
>    + change what happens with no desktop selected to use xfce instead
>      of Gnome (netinst, DVD, BD etc.)
>    + Add an explicitly-named Gnome CD#1
>    + Remove the explicitly-named XFCE CD#1

> Pros:
>  * CD#1 will work again without size worries
>  * Smaller, simpler desktop
>  * Works well/better on all supported kernels (?)
>  * Does not depend on replacing init

   * Remove the need for 3D acceleration for the default desktop

   * A lot of applications are not ready for GTK3 or integration with
     the Gnome shell, including a lot of "peripheral" GNOME apps or
     ex-GNOME apps.

> Cons:
>  * <please fill in here>

   * The XFCE goodies packages need some love. (I may even have some
     time for this - not right away though.)


Neil Williams

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