Install Razor Qt 0.5.0 (A Lightweight Desktop Environment) in RHEL/CentOS 6, Fedora 17,16

Razor Qt is a new open source lightweight, fast and advanced easy-to-use desktop environment for the X Window system and it is based on Qt technologies, unlike KDE desktop environment which is also uses Qt.

Razor-qt doesn’t have its own window manager but can perform very well on older computer hardware using modern X window manager such as Openbox, KWin, Metacity or fvwm2. It also gives option to create own window manager through Razor’s Session Management tool or by editing razor’s session configuration file.

Install Razor Qt Desktop in Linux

Install Razor Qt Desktop in RHEL / CentOS / Fedora


Razor Qt 0.5.0 version has lots of new features and performance improvements, the complete change log can be found at Razor Qt 0.5.0.

Install Razor Qt in RHEL/CentOS 6.3, Fedora 17,16

Installing and Adding QtDesktop Repository

To install Razor Qt, we use official up-to-date packages from QtDesktop repository. Create a file called X11:QtDesktop.repo file under /etc/yum.repos directory using VI editor,

# vi /etc/yum.repos.d/X11:QtDesktop.repo

Please choose and add the following lines of code to it, based on your OS distribution. Save and close the file.

For RHEL/CentOS 6
[X11_QtDesktop]
name=QtDesktop (CentOS_CentOS-6)
type=rpm-md
baseurl=http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/QtDesktop/CentOS_CentOS-6/
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/QtDesktop/CentOS_CentOS-6/repodata/repomd.xml.key
enabled=1
For Fedora 17
[X11_QtDesktop]
name=QtDesktop (Fedora_16)
type=rpm-md
baseurl=http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/QtDesktop/Fedora_16/
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/QtDesktop/Fedora_16/repodata/repomd.xml.key
enabled=1
For Fedora 16
[X11_QtDesktop]
name=QtDesktop (Fedora_17)
type=rpm-md
baseurl=http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/QtDesktop/Fedora_17/
gpgcheck=1
gpgkey=http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/QtDesktop/Fedora_17/repodata/repomd.xml.key
enabled=1

Installing Razor Qt

Once, the repository is created, use the following command to install it.

# yum install razorqt

Once Razor Qt installed, log out and log in to select “Razor Desktop” from the login screen or run the following command from the desktop to launch it.

# razor-session

Razor Qt Screenshots

Check out the screenshots of Razor Qt under my CentOS 6.3 operating system.

Razor QT Desktop
Razor QT Desktop Session

Razor QT Desktop Session Preview

Razor QT Desktop Theme
Razor QT Desktop Theme

Razor QT Desktop Theme Preview

Razor QT Application Launcher
Razor QT Application Launcher

Razor QT Application Launcher Preview

Razor QT About
Razor QT About

Razor QT About Preview

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1 Response

  1. If you try this out on CentOS6 (in my case 6.3 x86_64) with a minimal install, you’ll need to add the EPEL repository to avoid dependencies issues.

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