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Moongroup.com: 10 Questions w/Olivier Fourdan (an XFCE update)

May 02, 2001, 16:07 (1 Talkback[s])
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Olivier Fourdan is the primary developer behind XFCE, which has been referred to as "the third desktop environment." It cleaves closely to CDE in terms of interface, and it's designed to work well with GNOME/GTk+. In this interview, we get a little insight into Olivier's work with GNOME interoperability and whether XFCE is "just a CDE clone."

From the interview: "Q:5. Is XFce the first X desktop modified specifically to support Nautilus?"

"A: Not, far from it. Layers have been available in many window managers for a while, but until now, I did not see the need for layers in xfwm. Very few applications make use of WM layers, and most can live without."

"I'm pretty sure that Nautilus will make it on the Linux desktop, so Xfce and especially xfwm, had to be compatible with Nautilus to stay in the run. That's why I started working on the functionality and released Xfce 3.8 (which is actually much more than just this new feature)"

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