My new light saber; XFCE

So I’ve been curious about XFCE for some time now, but I never seem to find the time to install it for a test-drive. So today I decided to go for it, while waiting for some other things to finish. I grabbed the SuSE 9.3 binaries and installed them using RPM. The whole procedure took three minutes, including modifying some start-up files.

I re-started the X server and logged onto XFCE. Everything worked. I spent some time customizing it and have now been running it since this morning. It’s lightweight, it’s fast, and it doesn’t hog system resources as much as GNOME (and the much worse KDE) does. Both Gnome and KDE have their advantages, both in applications and in “bells ‘n’ whistles”, but if you don’t need it, and you want to cruise at or close to light-speed, you’ll want to give XFCE a go.

Very nice! If you’re using X, give XFCE a try, I think you’ll like it.

It’d be nice if future versions of SuSE could allow me to choose between GNOME, KDE and/or XFCE during installation.

Negative vibes

So I finally got around to testing our newly acquired “toy”, the Epson Perfection 4990 scanner. It’s an A4-sized flatbed scanner with a ton of accessories intended to make negative and photo scanning easier. The scanner is reasonably priced considering the output produced. I personally don’t care much for the bundled software; it needs more work towards “batch scanning”.

The only problem with getting a decent flatbed scanner with good photo scanning capabilities is that I have to start going through the boxes with thousands and thousands of negatives – aaagh! Other than that, it’s a great tool; featuring both an USB 2.0 interface as well as an iLink/IEEE-1394 aka “Firewire” interface.