Installing XFCE Desktop on Ubuntu
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 favorite 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 guess 🙂
Install Xfce on Ubuntu
Xfce is one package in ubuntu and can be install just like below.
$ sudo apt install xfce4
Downloading packages and setting up them require some times. It is about our internet connection and hard disk write speed.
After installation of the packages are completed we will login to the XFCE session for the first time. XFCE will ask us whether we want to use default config or an empty panel.
Install NetLoad Plugin For Xfce
What makes these Window Manager funny is some useful plugins. We want to add some plugins to the panel there is a plugin named
netload to monitor network load. We will install this plugin with the following command.
$ sudo apt-get install xfce4-netload-plugin -y
Add Menu Item To Xfce Panel
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.
$ apt-cache search xfce4
If we want to search more specifically for plugins we can use follow
$ apt search xfce4 plugin
Aswe can see plugins like
dict dictionary are listen and non related packages are eliminated.
Installing XFCE Desktop on Ubuntu Infographic