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so, am running lxde and xfce now.
been also running xmonad, unity 2d, gnome 2. (and of course, 12 years ago, i've been running CDE, and bare x11 with a clock and xterm. lol)
shit, am now a wm master!
ok, now the judgement.
- Unity = mom and pop extreme shit with its software store shit.
- xmonad = SHIT. (any tiling wm is a inefficiency SHIT, by principle. +Craig Lennox n +Jeff Weiss's opinions not withstanding. ☺ )
- Gnome 2 = usable. Good.
- Xfce = usable. Good.
- LXDE = kinda bare threads. ugly font. The font in the default terminal (
lxterminal) is one ugly face! (pun there) Probably due to bad anti-aliasing. LXDE's look'n'feel is kinda like Windows 95.
I think Gnome 2 or xfce would be my choice forward.
so, in general, i'm extremely a pure functional guy. I don't care for any “visual effects” shit (such as the compiz fuck), but if a visual effect do aids functionality in subtle and measuable ways (e.g. window shadow), then it MAY be good (depends on how much it aids recognition, in this case.). Yet, am not into the typical hacker types who clamor about killing the mouse or tiling windows shit. (i live inside terminal ＆ emacs, yet i fucking love the mouse. I use 2 mouses, one for each hand, for 15 years now, and my mouses each must have 5 buttons minimum! and i have like literally over a hundred personally defined hot keys key system of my own devise, so those ratpoison guys, shut up n am more efficient, faster, than u in any aspect of operating the OS, YET i type less in doing any operation, YET overall i type 2 times more than u!)
in summery, when it comes to UI, am highly efficiency and pure functionality oriented, but everything i judge by more scientific grounds as much as possible, not by Geeking HABIT or Culture.
o btw, so, it's been 13 years since i played with linux. Of all these wm i've tried, when compared to Windows today (Window 7), am sorry to say, the linuxes are all clunky, error prone, less features, by FAR. (i was thinking and wishing it to be otherwise, but am sorry to say this is simply unbiased fact) And, OS X's UI, on prettiness, functionality, ease of use, robustness, is another level up than Windows.
humm… so, it looks like, after 10 years, things haven't changed much, really.