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Sat, 15 Mar 2014

Interesting report: Phoronix's Michael Larabel on running Xubuntu with new Asus hardware after giving up on OS X

I saw a very interesting article in Phoronix, in which Michael Larabel writes about issues he is having with Xubuntu and a new Asus laptop after giving up on running Linux in a virtualized environment from within OS X on a Macbook Pro.

Later: I forgot to mention that I have tried the Xubuntu 14.04 Beta. It doesn't look radically different from previous Xubuntu releases. At first. There is a big change in the way the distribution deals with its application menu:

The Xubuntu developers didn't just add the increasingly popular Whisker Menu (which I use and like), they removed the traditional Xfce menu. I have both menus on my system. It's a trivial thing to add the "original" menu back to your panel, and I do think that the Whisker Menu can replace it, but it could be a bit unsettling to someone who is expecting a more vanilla Xfce experience.

Alas, I didn't stick around long enough to see if the lower panel, complete with application icons, would appear when I moused to it. It sure doesn't appear by default.

As much as I like the Whisker Menu, I still like having a panel that carries icons for my most-used applications. In my case I took a design tip from GNOME Shell and Unity and put that panel on the left side of the screen. I also have it persisting (i.e. not "hiding"):

(click the image for a larger view of my Fedora 20 Xfce desktop)

As much as I like the Whisker Menu -- I like it enough that I have it bound to the "Windows" key on my laptop (you hit that key and the Whisker Menu opens), it's just easier to click on the panel when I want to start Firefix, Gedit, Thunar, or the other 11 apps whose icons live there.