Every once in a while I login to gnome. Just to play around with it. I like it, but I am always coming back to XFCE because gnome is missing two important features out of the box which are mandatory for me:
panel with application launcher
I installed two extensions in gnome to close that gap:
With these two extensions the gnome desktop offers very similar functionality to XFCE. And because I use the same gtk theme for gnome and XFCE, there are no visual differences.
Now I am wondering what would be the reason to use gnome if it looks like XFCE? Is there any technical advantage of using gnome?
One disadvantage (at least on rolling distros like Arch/EndeavourOS) is that when a new version of Gnome is released, it can take a while for extensions to catch up. So if your workflow is reliant on these two extensions, there may be an interruption.
Gnome 41 is about to hit the Arch repos and, at the time of typing, Tiling Assistant has a version for Gnome 41, but Dash To Panel has not been updated.
I used to use Gnome, and then I switched to Xfce sometime. I find the latter more stable and configurable. Gnome is more spectacular, while the current Xfce has a low-cost look, but it’s all more customizable. Interestingly, after a long time, however, I like KDE Plasma lately, even though it’s more like Gnome in terms of configurability. Haven’t you tried Cinnamon?
One could use the same argument with any desktop environment they all have their plus points and minus points.
For me its simple not even windows has a more polished desktop than Gnome,Xfce also lacks with file manager, editor, well basically the whole DE is lacking
That is not saying its bad its not a bad desktop its just to lacking in charm
Example with nautilus I can copy paste 2tb of mixed files flawlessly, as i do with Mac and Windows no other Linux default de will do that without crashing or loss of data.
That is my case argument
From a technical point of view gnome deals much much better with multiscreen setups and scaling of high dpi system wide. Could be due to wayland but also in general I had a better experience even with Xorg
I can’t stand workspaces in xfce with the lower right widget, I just accidentally drag my apps on another screen. I also don’t get it. Gnome workspaces are clear where they are and how they work and its organization.
Thunar still doesnt have a search function. Yes there are some workarounds, but I never figured them out and they are not there out of the box. Nautilus is just better at that.
Looking and feel of window borders and apps. Xfce is hard to resize windows, and visually they are not appealing. Also compare system setting functions and organization with gnome settings.
Gnome 40 has swipe gestures which definitely is a plus for laptops