Good bye, Gnome
Published: Thursday 2013-06-27.
When I started out running Gnome some time around 1996 I quickly noticed the lack of a nice graphical user interface. I was used to OS/2 which had a very well thought-through graphical user interface called Presentation Manager. I did not have anything similar to Linux at the time, but instead mostly ran a raw X session with a simple window manager (first fwvm, later, and for quite a long time IceWM), when not running directly from one of the text terminals.
When Gnome and KDE appeared some year later I was initially quite sceptical, but after a while I started running parts of Gnome, to later switch to it in its entirety (even if I kept IceWM in the background for a long time). KDE was too much like Windows, and even if Gnome tried to be Mac OS it never quite managed, but it worked well enough even if each version got slower and slower.
I recently upgraded my Linux boxes to
version 7 of Debian
and it comes with version 3 of Gnome.
Since I have been running Gnome for a long time I first chose to run that,
but never really liked the new behaviour.
I switched over to
which was supposed to look like Gnome 2, but that didn’t feel very
Also, Gnome was starting to feel slow even on this year’s model of a
monster computer, so it was not good enough.
In addition I have a couple of old computers that I want to run graphical
user interfaces on, and Gnome is just too slow on those.
So now I have switched over to LXDE everywhere. Unfortunately it does look a bit too much like Windows for my taste, but at least it keeps out of the way well enough for me to be able to ignore it. The configuration system is slightly confusing, but not worse than that one can live with it. It is not near as simple as the OS/2 graphical user interface of 1995, but neither is anything else. Mac OS is close, but not quite.
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