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Razor-qt 0.4.0 released

Razor-qt is a new light desktop environment based on the QT toolkit. It aims to be a LXDE/XFCE-type traditional desktop environment suited for older hardware.

The official story is: "Razor-qt is an advanced, easy-to-use, and fast desktop environment based on Qt technologies. It has been tailored for users who value simplicity, speed, and intuitive interface. Unlike desktop environments, Razor-qt also works fine with weak machines."

Razor-qt is still in it's early stages of development. Many basic features are already in place, but it is still a long way from a 1.0 release. It has a panel, desktop, application launcher, configuration center and session management. It does not come with it's own window manager. Users are encouraged to use openbox. More advanced window managers like KDEs kwin and fvwm2 can also be used.

The dekstop environment has few dependencies. Qt4, X11, libudev and libmagick are sufficient.

Razor-qt could become a viable alternative for those who think KDE is getting way to bloated and realize that GNOME 3 is a huge failure because of the GNOME developers failure to realize that a desktop computer is not a smart-phone with a touch-screen.

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