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I finally got sick of the bugginess of KDE's plasma. I love KDE, but trying to customize it is a nightmare, and I got sick of the constant crashing and pointer locks when adding/removing things from the panels, and the lack of application shortcuts on the panel was frustrating (you can only get them with the menu, no standalone ones)

I figured I could keep KDE and just use a dock like I do in Windows (using rocket dock). But to my surprise none of them even came close to the usability and customizability of Rocket Dock. The configuration options for Docky were pathetic, AWN would only show launchers alongside active windows, and Cairo barely ran. Even if I combined the feature set of all 3 I couldn't match my windows config. I need resizable launchers with custom icons and a proper auto delay without showing the active windows.


So I just decided to scrap everything and try a new DE. Enlightenment was nice, albeit poorly thought out and totally unusable. It looks like someone drew a quick sketch of the UI on a napkin, and left it unchanged while they worked on the eyecandy. Openbox was pathetically basic compared to KWin. I need to be able to drag windows around, and the lack of a window snap was a dealbreaker. LXDE was nice, but buggy, and lacking in customization. I couldn't get the menu to work when the panel was on the top, and couldn't customize the launcher icons.

Eventually I went with Xfce. The power management is a little sketchy, and session management rarely works, I don't really like Thunar, and Xfwm isn't really any better than Openbox, but hey, this is Linux! I can change that!







I'm using tint2 as my task switcher, since apparently I'm the only one left that actually likes to see the window titles instead of useless icons and lots of whitespace.

I added an xfce4-panel on the side, on autohide. With launchers using custom icons, something that only Xfce4 and Gnome 2 seem to be able to do

Xfwm was replaced by KWin, and since Xfce has an option to autostart KDE services it works flawlessly, better than it ever did in Gnome2. I'm also trying to get nautilus to work, since I dislike Thunar and Dolphin.

I'm not 100% satisfied though. The Xfce panel is still slightly visible when hidden. I'm hoping I can remove it though.
    
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nice setup, that last image reminds me of unity...
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I actually wouldn't mind Unity if the upper bar wasn't 90% whitespace. Gnome 3 has the same problem. Would it be too much to ask for a task switcher where all of that blank space is?

This is my windows desktop btw: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/38754873/desktop.jpg

If Rocket Dock was open source I'd probably try and port it to Linux.
    
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I hear you about the recent (at least for me) KDE problems (I haven't heard a definite on what works well together in terms of Nvidia/openGL/xrender/KDE). But maybe you should give Enlightenment a try? I mean if you're shopping around DEs it can't hurt.

PS: Why does everyone love docks and launchers? I don't get it. I like just typing the name (usually first 2-4letters) of a program and hit enter and go. (Hence why I get upset with windows because it doesn't make the right choices as fast/often as KDE/E17 do).
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I actually wouldn't mind Unity if the upper bar wasn't 90% whitespace. Gnome 3 has the same problem. Would it be too much to ask for a task switcher where all of that blank space is?

This is my windows desktop btw: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/38754873/desktop.jpg

If Rocket Dock was open source I'd probably try and port it to Linux.
I actually didn't like rocket dock in windows, I have no problem with docky. I have it setup to auto-hide and magnify when I go over the icons...so maybe since I don't spend a whole lot of time actually customizing anything anymore, I don't understand why you didn't like it

My windows taskbar, actually graces the top of my screen, after so many years in Gnome 2, I just became accustomed to it being there, so I move all the default panels into the top of the screen

I will try rocket dock again in windows, to see exactly what you are talking about
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I finally got sick of the bugginess of KDE's plasma. I love KDE, but trying to customize it is a nightmare, and I got sick of the constant crashing and pointer locks when adding/removing things from the panels, and the lack of application shortcuts on the panel was frustrating (you can only get them with the menu, no standalone ones)
My configuration begs to differ I have Konsole, Dolphin and Firefox right between my Kicker menu button and task list (it looks much like a Windows taskbar setup).
    
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My configuration begs to differ I have Konsole, Dolphin and Firefox right between my Kicker menu button and task list (it looks much like a Windows taskbar setup).

Try removing the kicker menu, watch the icons disappear.
    
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Try removing the kicker menu, watch the icons disappear.
Works For Me (TM)
    
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same here, removed it, and my icons remained...
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