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Install XFCE 4.10 (A Lightweight Desktop) in Ubuntu and Linux Mint

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Xfce is a free lightweight, fast and easy to use software desktop environment for Unix/Linux like operating systems. It is designed for productivity and aims to be fast and low on system resources. Unlike GNOME and KDE desktops which are heavier, but Xfce uses fewer system resources. Furthermore, it offers better modularity and less dependencies to install and takes less time and low disk space on your hard drive.

Recently, the Xfce development team announced the release of Xfce 4.10 desktop environment and made available for download.

Xfce 4.10 Desktop Screenshots

Xfce 4.10 Desktop

Xfce Desktop

Xfce File Manager

Xfce File Manager

Xfce Application Finder

Xfce Application Finder

This guide show you how to install latest stable Xfce 4.10 desktop environment version in Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04 and Linux Mint 15/14/13.

Xfce 4.10 Features

Window Manager: Controls the arrangement of windows on the screen, provides window decorations and controls workspaces.

Xfce Window Manager

Xfce Window Manager

Desktop Manager: Provides root window menu, desktop icons, adds background image and a window list.

Xfce Desktop Manager

Xfce Desktop Manager

Panel: Options to switch between opened windows and workspaces, launch applications and menu plugins to explore applications and files.

Xfce Panel


Session Manager: Allows you to control logins and store multiple logins sessions of the desktop.

Xfce Session Manager

Session Manager

Application Finder: Give you a list of installed applications for better finding and launching them.

Xfce Application Finder

Application Finder

File Manager: Support for better file management and unique tools like bulk renamer.

Xfce File Manager

File Manager

Setting Manager: Enables you to manage and control various desktop settings such as appearance, keyboard shortcuts, display settings, etc.

Xfce Settings Manager

Settings Manager

To know more details about xfce 4.10, visit at the official Xfce 4.10 tour, and the detailed changelog page.

Installing Xfce 4.10 Desktop

To install XFCE desktop environment, open terminal by pressing “Ctrl+Alt+T” from the desktop and run the following commands in a Terminal.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xubuntu-dev/xfce-4.10
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install xfce4

If you want to install complete Xfce desktop, then use the following command

$ sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

If you already running, want to upgrade it to latest version, issue following commands.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xubuntu-dev/xfce-4.10
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

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3 Responses

  1. curt says:

    Looks Good! I Like the Autostart GUI

    I noticed the little internet connection on the tool bar. Is that a wifi connection or mobile broadband? I am using Ubuntu 11.04 – unsupported now, i know but i use it cus it hooks up to usb 3G modem really easy. I tried Slax and got it working but connecting to broadband is a major problem still. Ubuntu is able to run the Blender download package without any problems or complication. (the one from blender.org – not the crappy software center version) (Slax7 can’t do that – Blender needs to be converted into a Slax7 package first)

    I would like a simple window manager to boost performance for playing mp4s and flash videos. I tried Fluxbox but its really awkward and some applications are not visible on the app drop down box.(?) It would be more work to set up. That being said it was able to boost the performance of Blender 2.66 about 25 %. Playing mpegs in the video editor was faster and also renderings in Cycles.

    Will Xfce work better then my Mettacities/Xorg combo?

    Thinkpad T42 1.7 Jizzz
    ATi chip (the smallest crappy one with no cooling tube)
    1 Gig Ram
    Ubuntu 11.04 (Updated)
    All font and window settings set to full retard


  2. Hi,

    You have a typo in this section:

    udo apt-get install xfce4

    should be

    sudo apt-get install xfce4

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