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18.04 = circular login problem on system freeze

On Tue, 17 Jul 2018 at 12:51, Wade Smart <wadesmart at> wrote:
> I grabbed by backups and decided to go a different direction.
> Tried kde. It feels a lot faster. Also seems to have a lot of
> useful configuration. But!!!! Tried to install after many days of
> testing and .. the install has no visible words. Just check boxes
> and three buttons. I think Im installing 16.04 and just sticking with
> Unity. It works, its stable, no problems.

I have had similar problems trying KDE5 in VirtualBox. It is complex,
cluttered and I don't like it.

I think that unless a fairly stable Unity remix of 18.04 appears, I am
going to switch to Xfce and Xubuntu. It's clean, simple, it just
works, and with some easy tweaks it has a pleasing desktop. It is easy
to enable features such as a vertical taskbar, partly-translucent
title bars (à lá Windows 7), and some useful panel applets (system
monitor, weather forecast, virtual desktop switcher).

The single feature I miss from newer versions of Windows is the
ability to pin apps to the taskbar. You still need a separate "quick
launch" area -- so right now, my taskbar contains 2 icons for
Thunderbird, 2 Chromes, 2 Waterfoxes, etc. One is the launcher and the
other is the running instance. This is clunky and feels old-fashioned
to me these days.

It is my only gripe. Otherwise, it works excellently.

Cinnamon is OK but needs OpenGL drivers, so it doesn't work well in a
VM or on some display hardware. Maté is fine but can't do vertical
taskbars. LXDE is fine and does vertical taskbars, but I can't find
how to assign hotkeys to apps (e.g. Ctrl+Alt+T for Terminal), and it's
end-of-life -- the developers merged the project with the RazorQT
project and LXDE will be replaced by LXQt. LXQt itself isn't ready yet
-- it's missing a lot of functionality. E.g. I can't connect to Wifi
on my test machine.

Xfce isn't flashy or modern but it just works. If you want a top-panel
and an icon dock on the left or bottom, like Mac OS X or Unity, it can
do that too.

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