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LinuxNews.com: Xfce Puts the Bite on Another Open Source Apple

Sep 15, 2000, 08:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

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"While Weber makes the coupling of Xfce and Darwin sound simple and fun, the pairing also makes sense in his mind for a number of reasons. He began by describing the desktop environment's capabilities: 'Xfce is collection of utilities together with a window manger (xfwm),' he explained. 'It offers a background application to choose different background patterns and a launcher panel (Xfce itself), file windows that allow drag and drop for coping, and control panels for mouse, sound (audio is not working yet), and fonts.'"

"Weber ported Xfce to Darwin when other desktop environments proved less desirable. 'Some people, including me, have tried to port GNOME or KDE to Darwin. I am still working on the GNOME port, but I got stuck at the GNOME-libs [libraries],' he explained. 'The major advantage of Xfce is its size. It is very small. The entire source code is only 2.5 MB (zipped). It needs a lot of the GNOME libraries to run, like glib and gtk+, but these things are available for users as binary downloads.'"

"Weber is also the first to admit that the match isn't perfect. 'Some things don't work at all yet, like the audio support,' he said. 'This is because of the different hardware driver model between Darwin and Linux. The GNOME audio support has to be adapted to the Darwin IO-kit [input-output-kit] first.'"

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