After fighting with rolling release and bleeding edge distros, I decided I needed a VM of a stable distro that I didn’t need to worry about. I went with LinuxMint 18 XFCE as it is LTS, lightweight, and compatible with the piles of apps made for Ubuntu. Similar to LinuxMint 18 MATE, once I got this installed I needed to make some adjustments (but not as many) to the theme. I need a good dark theme and Mint-Y-Dark is perfect. Don’t forget to change the WM style as well though or you end up with some really ugly looking windows. All the LinuxMint versions have similar setups but XFCE is the easiest for me to tweak just how I want so I opted for it over MATE which is a bit lighter. The Cinnamon version is good as well but a bit too heavy for how I want to use it. I’m taking a look at the KDE version still but it is also heavy. I wish LinuxMint still had its Fluxbox version as LinuxMint 9 Fluxbox was great and ran awesome on a Pentium III laptop with only 256MB of RAM. Anyway back to the XFCE version. I wish it was a main version as it has been my favorite spin of LinuxMint for a few versions now. The roughly one month later release starts to become annoying especially when it is time for a major version jump and the packages fell very outdated. For a low maintenance and stable distro, this is a champ.
Month: October 2016
After using OpenSUSE with Enlightenment I had high hopes for the XFCE version. As soon as I logged in though I began to worry. Where Enlightenment had a nice theme and minimal applications, XFCE had no theme and a ton of extra junk. After removing some junk and giving it a quick shine, it is now looking and working good.
First a bit of warning, I don’t regularly use openSUSE and every time I try it something happens which is a deal breaker. I remember trying it years ago when it was just called SuSE and it didn’t support the graphics card in my PC. Then during KDE4 I was told it was consistently the best KDE4 based distro. I tried it again and at that time time the repo was missing a lot of programs I needed. I attempted to install Tumbleweed roughly a month ago and I couldn’t get a working system after multiple attempts. I guess I should have read a bit closer. It seems the Live CD is not recommended for installing the distro and it is common for it not to work. This time I grabbed the net install ISO and had it install with no issues. I’m not a big Enlightenment fan but I decided to give it a go. It’s not terrible but it is still not for me. Why can’t I manually enter a file path!? I ran into some weird issues with certain icons not working without some tweaking but the software repo seems pretty decent these days. I was able to get what I needed installed with minimal fuss. Some of the quirks I’m not sure if they are an Enlightenment or OpenSUSE issue so I plan to take the OpenSUSE XFCE setup for a spin and see how that goes.