An improved Desktop…..


Like i had said in the previous post, i installed xfce or xubuntu-desktop.  First i installed it in my laptop, and played around.  it was nice, Though i couldn’t find any difference in performance in my laptop (core 2 duo, 2 GB of Ram).  It was slightly different and interesting.  But after around an hour or so, i was stuck with my first 2 issues.

  1. My USB Hard drive / flash drives were not getting automatically mounted as in Gnome.
  2. In VLC i was not able to access the Playlist window or the Equalizer window when playing a movie.

I did check both right then and there by logging out and then logging back into GNOME.  There they worked.  i don’t know why.  But anyway other than these two i did not find anything else out of place or a reason to cause trouble when others in house would use it.  So i decided to get it into my desktop machine.

Well, i was expecting at least some improvement in the experience.  But it was still same as GNOME, slow and sluggish.  I couldn’t understand, how come?!!  there’s got to be at least some improvement.  Since the whole effort was down the drain, i decided to go ahead with the next logical step, to see if any unwanted things were running in the background.  I noticed GUAKE and Evolution alarm something running, which we never use.  so i switched them off from starting up during startup.  I went to

System -> Preferences -> Startup Applications

and unchecked the check box for the two applications.  and restarted the system.  Wow.  now the system was responsive.  so it had been GUAKE auto start which was causing the sluggish desktop.  well, now i can use the Desktop without having to worry about long wait times. atleast not 10 – 12 seconds…..

4 thoughts on “An improved Desktop…..

  1. There is an option in xfce under Preferences – Removable Drives and Mdeia where you can set what is mounted when you plug it in.

  2. Xfce is kinda sorta like “Gnome Lite.” On my old hand-me-down computer is much faster, and I think it’s easier on a newbie than even Gnome, for all it’s simplicity, is. Enjoy!

    1. @Robin Yeah i agree, xfce is lot faster than Gnome. I have made it a default in my laptop, desktop still running Gnome as Default. but xfce may be not as easy as Gnome for a newbie, they may look into the menu and find each app what it does, But here, Multimedia stands for a different meaning for the common folk (at least among my household and relations), most can never correlate it to music / video players. Where Gnome says it as Sounds & Video. these small things make a huge difference….

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