[Pkg-xfce-devel] Reverting to GNOME for jessie's default desktop

Ben Hutchings ben at decadent.org.uk
Mon Aug 11 17:25:50 UTC 2014

On Mon, 2014-08-11 at 03:20 +0100, Anthony F McInerney wrote:
> If people have old CD only machines i would not like to attempt to get
> kernel 3.16 +drivers +userland working on that. I've been in that
> situation plenty of times, where woody or potato are better simply
> because the drivers had been deprecated. Lets not go into the
> 256/512MB of ram that the CD only computer has and how much gnome or
> xfce is going to chew up and bring the machine to a crawl as soon you
> try to do anything and it hits swap.

I have a wheezy VM running Xfce comfortably in 256 MB (only a third of
which is used at this moment, excluding caches and buffers).  I doubt
that jessie is going to require vastly more memory.  So I think that
Xfce and CD media are still going to be useful for people who are stuck
with older hardware.

If we agree that it's important to support installation from a single CD
(rather than 2+ CDs or downloads) then Xfce would probably be the right
default DE for that single CD.  I do not support making it the default
in general, though.


Ben Hutchings
Humans are not rational beings; they are rationalising beings.
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