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XFCE is a popular desktop environment for Linux due to its simplicity, performance, and low resource usage. This article will help Debian users integrate XFCE into their system for an efficient and customizable experience, whether on an older or modern machine.
XFCE (often pronounced as “X-Face”) is a free and open-source desktop environment for Unix-like operating systems, including Linux. It is known for its simplicity, lightness in terms of resource usage, and modularity. XFCE aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user-friendly. Some of its features and attributes include:
Installing XFCE on Debian is a straightforward process. Here’s a step-by-step process:
Before you proceed with any installation, ensure your system is up-to-date. This command will fetch the latest package information from the Debian repositories and upgrade any outdated packages on your system.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
Install the XFCE Desktop Environment:
sudo apt install xfce4 xfce4-goodies
If you don’t have a display manager (like LightDM or GDM3) installed, you may want to install one to easily log in to your XFCE desktop.
For this guide, we’ll use LightDM:
sudo apt install lightdm
LightDM is a lightweight display manager that works well with XFCE. After installing, you’ll be prompted to choose a default display manager. Select lightdm from the list using the arrow keys and hit Enter.
After completing the installation, reboot your system. This ensures all changes and installations are properly initialized.
Upon reboot, you should be greeted with the LightDM login screen. Choose XFCE from the session options (usually a gear or dropdown icon next to the login box), enter your credentials, and enjoy your new XFCE desktop!
Now that you’ve installed XFCE, you can further customize it to suit your needs. The xfce4-goodies package provides several tools, widgets, and plugins that can be accessed through the ‘Settings’ menu of XFCE. XFCE is highly customizable. You can adjust the panel’s size, appearance, position, add or remove applets, change the appearance of the window borders, and much more.
That’s it! You now have a fresh XFCE desktop installed on your Debian system. Enjoy a balanced combination of performance and visual appeal!
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