Linux is famous with its desktop environments and offers a lot of different type and style desktop alternatives. From KDE to openbox it can be used for different needs. Xfce is one of my favaourite desktop environment. Its features, performance and hardware needs are optimum for a lot of use cases.
You can get screenshots of Xfce from here. Xfce consist of diffrent components.
Windows Manager: Manages placement of windows on desktop
Desktop Manager: Sets background image and icons
Panel: List open windows, application shortcuts
Session Manager: Controls login and power
File Manager: As you gues 🙂
Install Xfce on Ubuntu
Xfce is one package in ubuntu and can be install just like below.
root@z_ubuntu16:~# sudo apt install xfce4
Downloading packages and setting up them require some times. It is about our internet connection and hard disk write speed.
Install NetLoad Plugin For Xfce
We want to add some plugins to the panel there is a plugin named netload to monitor network load. Let’s install
root@z_ubuntu16:~# apt-get install xfce4-netload-plugin -y
After installing package open Add New Items menu like below.
After clicking Add New Items you will see new menu and filter Network monitor like below.
Select Network Monitor and click add. And here is the result Network Monitor will be added to the panel like below
Listing Xfce Applications
There are some xfce related application like terminal. Ofcourse we can use all other applications but these applications are more integrated and need less hardware.
root@z_ubuntu16:~# apt-cache search xfce
network-manager-gnome - network management framework (GNOME frontend)
shared-mime-info - FreeDesktop.org shared MIME database and spec
alltray - Dock any program into the system tray
cairo-dock-plug-ins-integration - Plug-ins for Cairo-Dock for a better integration in GNOME, KDE and Xfce
desktop-profiles - framework for setting up desktop profiles
desktopnova-module-xfce - Xfce module for DesktopNova
exo-utils - Utility files for libexo
gamin - File and directory monitoring system
gtk2-engines-xfce - GTK+-2.0 theme engine for Xfce
gtk3-engines-xfce - GTK+-3.0 theme engine for Xfce
gwyddion - Scanning Probe Microscopy visualization and analysis tool
gxmessage - xmessage clone based on GTK+