5 Open Source Lightweight Linux Desktop Environments for Your Old Computers

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4 Responses

  1. G13Man says:

    thanks for article and discussion .
    Got here thru a dead XP system hard drive
    running Mint 18 Mate [32 bit to see haw it runs for possible us on 32 bit Athlons

  2. I would like to point out that XFCE uses on average about 70MB of RAM and Cinnamon only uses about 79MB of RAM on average so if XFCE can be considered like then so can Cinnamon.

    MATE uses 40% less resources than XFCE and accomplishes everything that XFCE can with customization and being full-featured.

    XFCE has not been updated in almost 3 Years, 33 Months to be more accurate, and they have missed every single roadmap goal they set out to do. They also claimed that 4.12 would have partial GTK3 support and in October of 2013 admitted that they couldn’t do it and will not be releasing any support for GTK3 in 4.12.

    1. XFCE has not made a release in 3 years
    2. XFCE has only made 5 releases in the past 11 years.
    3. XFCE has missed every single roadmap goal for 4.12 by about a year.
    4. XFCE claimed they would have partial, only partial, GTK3 support in 4.12 and now will not have any at all.
    5. XFCE will likely not have any support at all for GTK3 for about 2-3 years after the release of 4.12 so that means they will not be ready for Wayland/Mir in any way.

    My point is, XFCE is on life-support and people should stop suggesting anyone use the DE because they are at a stage that using the project is now a detriment to the Linux Community as a whole. XFCE devs should simply pull the plug and join the MATE project.

  3. LXDE is the one and only super-fast ever i have used…

  4. Carlos says:

    Great article,

    I really think those environments are lightweight, but only which I’ll save is Mate. All linux interfaces has the same errors, instead them fix this errors, they just release another version.

    It’s a fact. :/

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