Installing XFCE Desktop on Ubuntu – POFTUT

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.

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

Setup Desktop

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 Xfce on Ubuntu

Install Xfce on Ubuntu

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.

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.

Add Network Monitor

Add Network Monitor

Select Network Monitor and click add. And here is the result Network Monitor will be added to the panel like below

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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.

Listing Xfce Applications

Listing Xfce Applications

If we want to search more specifically for plugins we can use follow apt command.

Listing Xfce Plugins

Listing Xfce Plugins

Aswe can see plugins like diskperf, dict dictionary  are listen and non related packages are eliminated.

Installing XFCE Desktop on Ubuntu Infographic

Installing XFCE Desktop on Ubuntu Infographic

Installing XFCE Desktop on Ubuntu Infographic

 

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