Fedora Xfce spin

February 13, 2008 at 6:19 pm | Posted in reviews, xubuntu | 6 Comments
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Rahul Sundaram has announced the release of a new Fedora spin with – you guessed it – Xfce!

Hello Friends,

I am pleased to announce the immediate release of a brand new and sparkling, Fedora 8 Xfce Spin. Fedora Xfce Spin is a bootable Fedora Live CD image available for x86 and x86_64 architecture. It can be optionally installed to hard disk or converted into boot USB images and is ideal for Xfce fans and for users running Fedora on relatively low resource systems. As a additional bonus, this release rolls in updates for Fedora 8 released till yesterday (2008/02/12).

Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment available in Fedora. Designed for productivity, it loads and executes applications fast, while conserving system resources. More information at http://xfce.org

Nicu has posted some screenshots, and it looks as if this spin-off is really focusing on being light-weight and minimalistic. Some Xubuntu users might want to give this a try – being based on Fedora might prevent the speed decrease Xubuntu has by being based on Ubuntu.

In any case, seeing another big distribution providing an Xfce version is always good news, so it will be interesting to read some reviews. Have you tried it? If so, how did you like it?


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  1. I am curious to read a review. Judging from the blog link, you must be familiar with what Xubuntu does. Do a comparative review if you will.

  2. @Rahel – while I am familiar with Xubuntu, I’m not so much with this Fedora Xfce spin. If I had a spare computer I’d be sure to give it a spin (no pun intended), but I haven’t 😉
    Furthermore, I’ve reviewed three Xfce distros judging by the LiveCD experience so far, and they didn’t get out too well. Besides, I’m not really the target audience of this spin if it really does focus on light-weightness. 🙂

  3. The current spin is very minimalistic, but you can expect more from us for Fedora 9, see http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/RahulSundaram/XfceLive for latest status.

  4. I’ve tried the new Fedora 8 Xfce Spin. The time from bootup to desktop takes too long, the interface looks ugly (the typical Xfce default), if you update the system, the system* became nearly useless, even if you shutdown the system it takes too long and if it performs on my pc so ugly, how will it perform on a slower pc? That’s the reason why i’ve not installed it on my harddrive.

    *Intel Celeron 2.4GHz, 512MB RAM, 24xCDROM

  5. I am running the Fedora 14 Xfce spin on my Dell Mini 9, 2 MB RAM. It’s fast and it runs great. Xfce is what you make it!

  6. news:
    xubuntu 11.04 kills fedora 15 xfce…
    xubuntu 11.04 is the best distro that uses xfce

    byb bye fedora 🙂

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