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#1 2011-05-30 11:05:51

Nick
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Xfce Design SIG

A special interest group is started to improve the usability and visual appearance of the Xfce desktop environment. You can real all about it on the wiki and the mailing list.

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#2 2011-05-30 14:27:47

Anzhr
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Re: Xfce Design SIG

This is very good to see.

As long as the "improvements" don't go too far astray as happened with GNOME 3.

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#3 2011-05-30 15:23:47

stqn
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Re: Xfce Design SIG

I don't get what this is about (have been to the wiki and read the mailing list post), and when I see OSX screenshots this makes me very afraid.

Edit: Mozilla decided to clone Chrome and Firefox 4 is unusable, Gnome 2 was good and they decided to copy OSX... I really hope you're not going the same route. It's pointless to have the choice between different software if the better ones start to copy the worst ones.

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#4 2011-05-30 17:43:22

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Re: Xfce Design SIG

No that's not the goal, we want to keep Xfce as usable (or better) as it is right now. As Jannis quoted on irc: "Let's make things more beautiful yet remain a classic desktop. People will love that smile"

That doesn't mean it's not a good idea to look at other implementations and see what is usable or not. We're not aiming at a lightweight gnome3 (a bit what Xfce was with gnome2). However sometimes subtle changes are required to improve the (custom) widgets for better theming. Better interfaces and responses to the user is important too, because that's also part of design, not only opengl, animations and ui-overhauls (an impression when you might get from gnome3 and kde4).

So it's the right place to discuss confusing user interfaces too.

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#5 2011-09-05 22:43:11

rijnsma
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Re: Xfce Design SIG

I'm very new here (hi everybody), but I'm so happy to see you write this. For me this is really ballanced thinking.
The axe the KDE4 and the Gnome3 dev's have used or are using has indeed scared away a lot of Linux-users I believe.

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#6 2011-11-22 21:45:48

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Re: Xfce Design SIG

I'm also new to this forum, but I want to thank the xfce developers for their wonderful work. It's good to hear that you are committed to the best features of the traditional desktop. But the options xfce provides could include some of the good design decisions that the Gnome-shell and Unity developers have made. (One thing I like about Unity, for example, is that if you hold down the Meta/Super/Windows key, the launcher appears with numbers on the apps, which can then be started from the keyboard. That would be a great feature for an auto-hidden panel in xfce.) But these can be provided AS options. The great thing about xfce is that it is almost indefinitely configurable, so if people don't like the new ideas, they can keep their old interface.

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#7 2011-12-17 21:34:59

jere2001
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Re: Xfce Design SIG

The appfinder could be an item to be added to the panel or in a app menu, could be a simple text box where the user types appear and suggestions for applications or documents from your home directory.

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