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Best Xfce distro of 2013

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Until about a year ago, I considered the Xfce desktop to be boring and bland and not that beautiful. I never thought it could be a decent contender for the likes of KDE and Gnome. Then, one day everything changed. It was the day Gnome 3 was born, and I figured that my favorite choice for the desktop environment was gone now, living in the shadows. While a few distributions still cling to the good ole Gnome 2, and there’s the MATE reincarnation, the landscape has been forever changed.

Instability breeds opportunity, and into the vacuum came Xfce, trying to become a viable alternative. However, desire apart and actual results apart. In 2011, Xfce was still not good enough, no matter how much we wanted it to be become the next Gnome 2. But in early 2012, things started to change. I’d like to credit the now discontinued Dreamlinux distro as the one that broke the barrier, followed by the stellar Xubuntu Pangolin, which has now uprooted many a system on my boxes, and even revolutionized my eeePC netbook. Since, I have become sort of a fan, which means we should try to vote the best Xfce edition for this year. Mind, it won’t be easy, because Xfce is still not the default desktop environment for most distributions out there, and usually comes out as a secondary or even tertiary spin. But with these difficulties facing us, we shall search and vote.

Candidate 1: Sabayon 11

Back in March, I took this Gentoo-based monster for a ride. Normally, a KDE system, Sabayon also offers a bunch of other desktop environments, Xfce included. Anyhow, my experience with this following setup was not among the best.

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