[LAU] Debian desktop news

david gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Thu Aug 9 10:27:47 UTC 2012

On 08/08/2012 11:51 PM, Dan MacDonald wrote:
> I certainly prefer XFCE to GNOME 3 but XFCE still has a few rough
> edges and bugs

Yes, but a lot fewer bugs than LXDE!

> and Thunar is no longer the lightweight app it once
> claimed to be.

I don't know how it used to be. Compared to Dolphin, it's much lighter.

> I use rox filer on my Pandaboard as it has a comparable
> feature to Thunar but loads almost instantly compared to the 20s or so
> I can be waiting for Thunar to get its act together (this is running
> off a SSD via USB2). I can load dolphin in the same time it takes to
> load Thunar under fluxbox.

I use Thunar, it works for me. It's what XFCE uses to display its 
desktop. A friend who uses XFCE uses PCManFm and likes that.

That 20s (or longer) Thunar load is due to a longstanding bug (either in 
Thunar or the underlying GNOME Virtual File System it uses). The 
workaround for that is to disable GVFS's automatic scanning of network 
shares. (Or do like I did: remove the GVFS module that does that. I 
mount file shares using fstab, so no need to have GVFS scan for network 

> On Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM, Alexandre Prokoudine
> <alexandre.prokoudine at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> On Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM, david wrote:
>>> You may now return to your regularly-scheduled interruption.
>> What do you mean? :)

Subtle suggestion that this might be considered off-topic ... ;-)

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