Xfce Task Manager Lets You Live with a Little Less GNOME

In general, I’m trying to run as much Xfce-native stuff as I can within Xubuntu.

I noticed that the upcoming Xubuntu 10.10 is using the Xfce task manager instead of the GNOME system monitor and wondered why I couldn’t make that switch now.

Making the change was easy. I just dumped gnome-system-monitor for xfce4-taskmanager and now I have the native Xfce task manager going.

To be perfectly honest, I haven’t noticed much of a difference in terms of performance. I use some system-monitoring stuff, like top, which shows the CPU and memory usage of the top five most resource-intensive applications, in my conky configuration, so I usually have a good idea of what’s going on, just from looking at my desktop.

And to be even more honest, I mostly used the gnome-system-monitor to remind myself of which version of Ubuntu/Xubuntu I’m on, and now I’ve lost that, so there was a bit of a downside to making the switch for me.

But other than that, I’m very happy with the change. Not because it really improved things, because as near as I can tell, it didn’t, but because it’s one less GNOME thing going on in my Xubuntu world.

And just to clarify, the Xfce task manager is fine for my purposes. I wasn’t a huge user of the GNOME version, so to my mind, they’re interchangeable. If you’re a GNOME system monitor power user, you’ll obviously want to do some research before you make the switch.

But if you just use the GNOME system monitor to figure out what’s slowing down your Xubuntu system, the Xfce task manager could be an easy way to fly your Xfce flag a little more.