Back in the saddle with Korora 20 Xfce

First, sorry for the long delay in posts. Without going into great detail, a.) I’m now gainfully employed again and no longer beating the bushes to find work, and b.) my trusty ThinkPad T60 which has been at my side for more than five years (more like seven, but I can’t remember when, exactly, I got it) is starting to show its age after nearly daily use and I’m going to a slightly newer model.

All of which is to say I’ll be writing more regularly about all things Korora.

But first, retiring the IBM ThinkPad T60 with full honors: This has been the best laptop I’ve ever owned, and I am going to miss it. I will be keeping it in the lab where it won’t see daily duty. Never being in a position where I can outright buy new hardware, nevertheless I have joined the 64-bit club in acquiring a slightly newer Lenovo ThinkPad T500 to take the place of my daily road warrior.

What distro went on the “new” hardware? You have to ask? Korora 20 Xfce, of course.

In the pages of this blog, you might remember that I go back and forth between Korora KDE and Korora Xfce. A while back, when I had a Toshiba Satellite L455 which is large enough to live in, I had used KDE as the desktop because the machine had the digital horsepower to run it. I had Korora Xfce on the T60 because, well, I always liked Xfce for its simplicity and relative small footprint compared to KDE or GNOME.

Also, of all of Korora’s variants, the Xfce version always seems to work best. Credit a conscientious Xfce team at Korora that’s working on it — Jim Dean and Maik Adamietz specifically (and if I’m forgetting someone, I apologize in advance and pipe in below in comments) — and a solid desktop environment by the wider Xfce community, with its most recent update in April.

Someone somewhere on social media tried to berate the Xfce desktop by saying that it was not being developed any longer. That’s just nonsense. The Xfce development team is still at work making improvements to the current 4.10 version of the desktop. The fact that it works so well on Korora, and on many other distros (*cough* Xubuntu *cough*), is a testament to its longevity.

So it’s time to move forward. In my next installment, I’m going to be drafting people to attend the Korora Birds of a Feather at the Southern California Linux Expo SCALE 13x in February; if you’re attending SCALE 13x, you should stop in. But even in December, it’s never too early to prepare for the February event.

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(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and develops business software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)

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2 Comments

  1. Jim

    Actually Maik did most of the work on it. I had some input and did some testing but not the actual work. Oh and 21 is going to be even better. Not long to wait now.

  2. Now that I’m no longer using the proprietary Catalyst/fglrx driver, I might take another look at Korora Xfce (I’m running Fedora 20 with Xfce and GNOME 3 right now …). I haven’t pulled the trigger on a fedup upgrade to F21 due to all of the 3rd-party repos that don’t yet have F21 packages ready.

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