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Old 04-13-2011, 10:52 PM   #1
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Xfce 4.8 Desktop for Ubuntu


How can I install Xfce 4.8 Desktop for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS?
I have Genome Desktop but I would like to try Xfce since it is lighter, and the machine should run faster. I learned in http://www.xfce.org/ that the latest version of Xfce Desktop Environment is 4.8 Thank you.
 
Old 04-13-2011, 11:13 PM   #2
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Hey,

I was wondering about that too.

Check:
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/xfce

or (older, but seems like the same story)
https://help.ubuntu.com/8.04/config-desktop/C/other-desktops.html

It seems simpler than I thought.

Yeah, they offer you Xubuntu if you want XCFE only, but I see your point: you don't want to install another OS, you wanna add to your existing installation!

You might also try LXDE, which is reputed as light and available for ubuntu as well.

I tried myself XCFE two years ago, on a Pentium III (so if it is faster, it should show be obvious on that old machine, right?). Hummm... it did not really start faster than Gnome. But I had plenty of memory, so I think it is if you have less than 512MB of memory, that XCFE will confess advantages.
 
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:57 PM   #3
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You can install an xfce environment using the synaptic package manager.
Using this tool will save you from dependency hell.
 
Old 04-14-2011, 09:46 AM   #4
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You can install an xfce environment using the synaptic package manager.
Using this tool will save you from dependency hell.
I saw many related Xfce packages in Synaptic Package Manager, but I am no clear which one is just for the Desktop Environment. Thank you

Last edited by unist; 04-14-2011 at 09:51 AM. Reason: Just to add "Thank you"
 
Old 04-14-2011, 09:49 AM   #5
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Hey,

I was wondering about that too.

Check:
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/xfce

or (older, but seems like the same story)
https://help.ubuntu.com/8.04/config-desktop/C/other-desktops.html

It seems simpler than I thought.

Yeah, they offer you Xubuntu if you want XCFE only, but I see your point: you don't want to install another OS, you wanna add to your existing installation!

You might also try LXDE, which is reputed as light and available for ubuntu as well.

I tried myself XCFE two years ago, on a Pentium III (so if it is faster, it should show be obvious on that old machine, right?). Hummm... it did not really start faster than Gnome. But I had plenty of memory, so I think it is if you have less than 512MB of memory, that XCFE will confess advantages.
You got my point. I will check your links. Thank you.
 
Old 04-14-2011, 10:32 AM   #6
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The pyschocats link will show you how to get Xfce4 from the ubuntu 10.04 repos, but that will be using 4.6. If you want 4.8 you will need to add a PPA, directions for adding the PPA is here-

http://www.multimediaboom.com/how-to...u-10-10-10-04/

Change "sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop" to "sudo apt-get install xfce4" if you want 'vanilla' Xfce4, not the canonical modded xubuntu-desktop.

@ unist- to really lighten up the system, after you have installed Xfce4 remove all the gnome stuff, directions here-

http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/purexfcelucid

If you want vanilla Xfce4.8 then remove the last bit ("&& sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop") or else you could end up with Xfce4.8 and xubuntu-desktop.

That should remove all the gnome programs, etc. You might need to reinstall some programs like gstreamer.

Quote:
Originally Posted by p_barill View Post
Yeah, they offer you Xubuntu if you want XCFE only, but I see your point: you don't want to install another OS, you wanna add to your existing installation!

You might also try LXDE, which is reputed as light and available for ubuntu as well.

I tried myself XCFE two years ago, on a Pentium III (so if it is faster, it should show be obvious on that old machine, right?). Hummm... it did not really start faster than Gnome. But I had plenty of memory, so I think it is if you have less than 512MB of memory, that XCFE will confess advantages.
If you tried Xfce4 with ubuntu 2 years ago, and installed xubuntu (or got xubuntu-desktop on top of the standard ubuntu) then you wouldnt have noticed much difference. Back then xubuntu was pretty heavy, a lot heavier than vanilla Xfce4. Newer version (10.04 onward IIRC) are nowhere near as heavy as the earlier xubuntu-desktop versions, but still not as light as vanialla Xfce4.

Start times should be a little faster with Xfce4 vs gnome, but not much. It should be lighter in RAM and CPU use than gnome though.

Last edited by cascade9; 04-14-2011 at 10:33 AM.
 
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Old 04-14-2011, 10:02 PM   #7
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Thank you cascade9, very clear your explanation.
 
  


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