Setting up XFCE ArchLinux
Sunday, January 1, 2012 3:06:36 AM
The Arch Linux as you might know is DIY Linux distro. I eventually settled for XFCE after a lot of DE hopping.
I started off with Gnome 3, but couldn't put up with it for more than a week. I know I had posted about how I actually thought I liked Gnome 3 but it turns out I don't like it.
I then gave KDE a shot and I must it was really nice. I liked it way better than Gnome 3. But for it kinda felt a bit slow and kinda of laggy. I didn't have a very smooth experience.
Then I gave Xmonad a shot. While it is on my list of preferred WM. It consumes way too much time to configure stuff so that it is everyday usable.
Finally and Thankfully I landed my foot on XFCE. Not only is lightweight its also fast and configurable. If you ended up installing XFCE on Arch Linux you would certainly want to configure/tweak it because as it is, it doesn't look good. At least I didn't find it appealing. The default font for the terminal and the windows are not everyday usable.
If you stare at the Sans font for a while I am sure you would want to restart and go back to Windows 7.
I must tell you even though I haven't completely tweaked my XFCE, figuring out the font to use took a hell lot of time. And eventually I settled for Inconsolata-g font for the Terminal(I would certainly recommend checking out this font). I really like it and in my opinion it is best suited for the terminal.
For the Windows and overall System I settled for Free Sans.
The next part was figuring the applications, and since I am still in the process of figuring out the best applications to run on XFCE I will postpone it for another post.