Installing XFCE Desktop on Ubuntu 16.04

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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.

Downloading packages and setting up them require some times. It is about our internet connection and hard disk write speed.

Setup Desktop

Install Xfce on Ubuntu
Install Xfce on Ubuntu

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

Add Menu Item To Xfce Panel

After installing package open Add New Items menu like below.

Install NetLoad Plugin For Xfce
Install NetLoad Plugin For Xfce

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.

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