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  • #21
    Originally posted by mrugiero View Post
    I'm all for performance and memory efficiency too, and GTK3 doesn't seem to care about that a lot.
    Agreed.

    Originally posted by mrugiero View Post
    IIRC, XFCE is targeted to low resources computers. That means switching to a more resource hungry lib is usually a bad choice.
    There's that, and also many of us who are refugees from Microsoft got thoroughly sick of the attitude that profligate use of system resources was quite normal.. 'just throw hardware at the problem'... uh uh, no way baby, give me fast/lean/stable choices!

    On my machines I use SolusOS (Debian+Mate) & Xubuntu (Ubuntu+Xfce). Both are fast to boot & snappy to use with small memory footprints whilst still retaining all the GUI funtionality that you could need. Even on my Core i5 machine the Gnome3 & Unity Shells are noticeably slower to boot and more memory hungry.. to what end?? The ergonomics of these GTK+ 3 shells are pretty awful. I mean if you really must have type to find then just install Cardapio or Synapse.. problem solved you can feel leet..

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    • #22
      Originally posted by stqn View Post
      Sticking with Gtk2 is the correct decision. I thought Gtk3 had technical reasons to be made, but it turns out it’s just much worse than Gtk2 on every front… 50% more memory usage is not “slightly more”… Also it’s pretty hard to find any dark Gtk3 theme at this point.
      Its certainly not "worse on every front". Exaggerated more please. GTK3 has a lot of code/api cleanup and some good improvements (such as much better/easier themeing)

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      • #23
        Gtk3 also has a hidden dep on XCB - it will crash on a normal X setup, despite having been compiled without xcb. A bug is open, but with no advances.

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        • #24
          Originally posted by bwat47 View Post
          Its certainly not "worse on every front". Exaggerated more please. GTK3 has a lot of code/api cleanup and some good improvements (such as much better/easier themeing)
          Sorry, I haven’t checked myself (except for the lack of themes), I based this remark on the comments I read here: uses more memory, slower, lower usability (? color chooser comment), a one man project whose author thinks it needs to be redone, and I thought I read somewhere that the code/API was actually worse but I can’t find it anymore. Also the new themeing system might be “better” but we had/have plenty of great Gtk2 themes that worked very well and now we have 1) a lack of Gtk3 themes, 2) different looks for Gtk2 and Gtk3 apps, 3) need to learn a new system when the old one did the job nicely…

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          • #25
            Originally posted by stqn View Post
            Sorry, I haven’t checked myself (except for the lack of themes), I based this remark on the comments I read here: uses more memory, slower, lower usability (? color chooser comment), a one man project whose author thinks it needs to be redone, and I thought I read somewhere that the code/API was actually worse but I can’t find it anymore. Also the new themeing system might be “better” but we had/have plenty of great Gtk2 themes that worked very well and now we have 1) a lack of Gtk3 themes, 2) different looks for Gtk2 and Gtk3 apps, 3) need to learn a new system when the old one did the job nicely…
            'worse usability' based on what? Some dude that doesn't like gnome 3's color picker? There's no reason someone couldn't make a better color picker in gtk3.

            Remember gnome 3 and gtk3 are not the same thing, gtk3 is the toolkit it uses.

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            • #26
              I know this is an old thread, but... are there any news?

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              • #27
                Originally posted by wargames View Post
                I know this is an old thread, but... are there any news?
                they're porting it to GDK3+

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