Fedora 18 XFCE Desktop Installation Guide with Screenshots

In our earlier post we have shown how Fedora 18 (Spherical Cow) can be installed with default GNOME Desktop Environment. Fedora comes with multiple Desktop environment like GNOME, KDE, LXDE and XFCE which has got different look and feel. You may also try with these Desktop and share your experience with us. In this post we used Fedora 18 XFCE i686 Live ISO image file to install. You can burn it on CD/DVD or also can boot from USB drive having Fedora 18 Live .iso file.

Fedora 18 Xfce Desktop

You may download Fedora 18 XFCE Desktop Edition for architecture i686 or x86_64 using the following links.

  1. Download Fedora 18 Xfce Live 32-Bit DVD – (662 MB)
  2. Download Fedora 18 Xfce Live 64-Bit DVD – (691 MB)

Fedora 18 XFCE Installation Guide

Boot your system with Fedora 18 XFCE Live media of your choice and start installation process.


Boot Fedora 18 XFCE DVD

Choose to install it on Hard Drive.

XFCE Install on Hard Drive

XFCE Install on Hard Drive

Select your choice of Language.

XFCE Language Selection

XFCE Language Selection

Prior installation process, first fulfill the options like timezone of your area, keyboard and Hard Drive selections.

XFCE Installation

Prior Installation Process,

Select your timezone and click ‘Done‘ button (See Upper left corner).

XFCE Timezone Selection

Timezone Selection

Keyboard layout selection. You can use button ‘+‘ to add and ‘‘ to remove keyboard layout from the list.

XFCE Keyboard Selection

Keyboard Selection

Select Hard Drive and click ‘Continue‘.

XFCE Hard Drive Selection

Hard Drive Selection

Select your options and ‘Continue‘.

XFCE Installation Options

Select Installation Options

Now everything seems ok. Now click on ‘Begin Installation‘ button to start.

XFCE Installation Process

Begin Installation

Installation started, Click on ‘ROOT PASSWORD‘ to set password for root user.

XFCE Root Password

Set Root Password

Set root password typing twice in the box and click on ‘Done‘ button and remember the password. As it may require later on to update packages or any other administrative tasks.

XFCE Enter Root Password

Set Root Password Twice

Root password set and installation continue.

XFCE Installation Continues

XFCE Installation Continues

Installation is completed and click on Quit.

XFCE Installation Completed

Installation Completed

Logout from Live desktop.

XFCE Logout

Logout From Desktop

Select ‘Restart‘ and Remove Live media from drive before reboot your system.

XFCE Restart

XFCE Restart

Boot menu of Fedora 18.

XFCE Boot Menu

XFCE Boot Menu

Post installation Wizard started click ‘Forward‘.

XFCE Fedora Welcome Screen

XFCE Fedora Welcome Screen

Go through License agreement and click ‘Forward‘.

License Agreement

Select License Agreement

Create normal user (I have created narad user) and click ‘Forward‘.

Create User

Create User and Set Password

Set date and time. You can sync with NTP servers if you have internet exist in your box. Do setting and ‘Finish‘.

Set Date and Time

Set Date and Time

Now we are finished with Wizard, you can login with user just now you have created.

XFCE Desktop Login Screen

XFCE Desktop Login Screen

First time login, select use default config.

XFCE Default Login Screen

XFCE Default Login Screen

Bingo ! This is how Fedora 18 XFCE Desktop Screen looks like.

Fedora 18 XFCE Desktop

Fedora 18 XFCE Desktop

Installation is done. Now, we can check updates through YUM Extenders going on Application Menu >> Administration >> YUM Extenders. Supply root password and click on authenticate to proceed.

XFCE Check Updates

XFCE Check Updates

YUM Extenders searching updates from internet.

XFCE Updates with YUM

XFCE Updates with YUM

Click on select all button to update all the packages available and make sure Updates radio button is selected and click ‘Apply‘ to proceed.


YUM Extender will updates the packages and also resolves the dependencies.

XFCE Installation Updates

XFCE Installation Updates

Click on OK to start updates.

XFCE Start Updates

XFCE Start Updates

Downloading and updating the packages. Sit back and relax as it may take several minutes depending on your internet speed and hardware configuration.

XFCE Downloading and Installing Updates

XFCE Downloading and Installing Updates

Exit from Yum Extender. Now the system is up-to-date.

XFCE YUM Updates Completes

XFCE YUM Updates Completes

You may like to visit. http://www.xfce.org/

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1 Response

  1. Eddie Jetson says:

    Thanks for this! I have installed F18 and was using the Gnome 3 desktop environment…..but I’ve just been given someone’s “old” Dell….(it was bought two years ago and they went “tablet”!) so now I’m going to try this DE on it. I am hoping I don’t run into any issues or problems!

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