Is Xfce a GNOME and Unity Replacement?

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Xfce's first release in sixteen months comes at a critical time. After years of being a distant third among Linux desktops, in the last year Xfce has found a new popularity among those looking for alternatives to GNOME 3 and Ubuntu's Unity.

In fact, according to one survey, Xfce is now the second most popular desktop, and starting to crowd KDE -- at least among experienced users.

Under these circumstances, Xfce 4.10 might have been an ambitious release, full of new features and extras designed to attract new users. Instead, like earlier releases, the latest version of Xfce consists of a modest set of visible changes -- specifically, a few miscellaneous new features, some improvements to the panel, and some new configuration options -- that improve the desktop without visibly altering it to any great extent.

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