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November 8, 2012

Can I just have a desktop that works?

A little over a year ago I moved from Linux/KDE to a Mac as I was getting fed up with stuff not ‘just working’.  While I wasn’t immediately happy for various reasons, it grew on me, especially the fact that you could use commercial applications and they integrated well.  The thing that drove me crazy the most was context switching; you switch from app to app, not window to window.  Here is my original write up: http://goo.gl/euL6y.

For one reason or another I am back on my Linux desktop, but I still can’t get a consistent, stable desktop.  KDE, Unity, Gnome, Xfce, one thing or another just doesn’t work either consistently or they way ‘I’ expect it should.  And it is different on each one.

I am currently trying to settle on Xfce, but a few niggling things are stopping me from staying.  I think I need to spend more time in Xfce and actually pull down all the packages for Xubuntu desktop and give it a real go.

I’ll keep you posted.

© Greg Cockburn