October 17, 2012, 9:51 AM — Those in the homogeneous Windows world may be bracing themselves anxiously for the impending arrival of Windows 8 with its controversial Metro interface, but for Linux users, the array of desktop choices just keeps on expanding.
That's not to say that there aren't controversial changes happening on the Linux side as well, of course--just see Unity and GNOME 3 for more on that--but it seems fair to say they're less nerve-wracking for users because of the sheer number of alternatives.
In recent months we've seen several new efforts to innovate some more comfortable Linux desktop choices, including MATE, SolusOS, and the forthcoming Pure GNOME Ubuntu Linux. Now, there's yet another one to consider.
It's Razor-qt 0.5.0, and it's a significant update to the young lightweight Linux desktop that I first wrote about late last year. Ready for a run-down? Here are some key reasons this rapidly maturing open source desktop is worth checking out.
1. 'Huge' performance gains
Razor-qt is a lightweight desktop environment that's based on the Qt framework, much like KDE, and it is tailored for users who value simplicity, speed, and an intuitive interface, in the project's own words. Now, with this latest version 0.5.0 release launched late last week, the software has gotten even faster thanks to huge performance optimizations on the desktop, according to the official changelog.
2. A modest footprint