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Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment for unix-like operating systems. It aims to be fast and lightweight, while still being visually appealing and easy to use. '''Xfce''' is a lightweight desktop environment for unix-like operating systems. It aims to be fast and lightweight, while still being visually appealing and easy to use.
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Xfce 4 is a complete rewrite of the previous version. It's based on the ["GTK"]+ toolkit version 2 (like ["Gnome"]. Xfce 4 has a radically different architecture from Xfce 3. It embodies the traditional UNIX philosophy of modularity and re-usability. All of Xfce 4's core components have been written from scratch in order to fit into the new architecture. Xfce is based on the GTK+ toolkit version 2 (like ["Gnome"]). One of Xfce priority is adhereance to standards, specifically those defined at freedesktop.org. This allows Xfce to seamlessly interoperate with programs written for other desktop environments, if those programs follow the specified standards.
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Another priority of Xfce 4 is adhereance to standards, specifically those defined at freedesktop.org. This allows Xfce 4 to seamlessly interoperate with programs written for other desktop environments, if those programs follow the specified standards. Xfce consists of a number of components that together provide the full functionality of the desktop environment. They are packaged separately and you can pick and choose from the available packages to create the best personal working environment. (from http://www.loculus.nl/xfce/documentation/xfce4-intro.html)
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Xfce 4 consists of a number of components that together provide the full functionality of the desktop environment. They are packaged separately and you can pick and choose from the available packages to create the best personal working environment.
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Xfce is all free software. The separate components are released under either the BSD license, the GNU LGPL or the GNU GPL (see the section called “Copyright and Licences for details). == How to install Xfce ==
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(from http://www.loculus.nl/xfce/documentation/xfce4-intro.html) === Install a fresh system with XFCE ===
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See also:
 * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XFce
ToDo : This page duplicates ["DebianXFCE"]. they should be merged.
If you install a new system, you can choose to install XFCE directly :
 1. At debian installer boot prompt, press the {{{tab}}} key to edit the command line, then add {{{desktop=xfce}}} (in DebianEtch, you had to type {{{tasks="standard, xfde-desktop, laptop"}}}... where laptop is, well, for laptops only! ).
 2. When prompted to select the task to install, make sure you click "Desktop Environment"

See, Selecting and Installing Software of [http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/i386/ch06s03.html.en#pkgsel Etch] and [http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual/en.i386/ch06s03.html#pkgsel Lenny] installation guide.

=== Install Xfce in an already installed system ===

To get a bare minimum base install of X, do:

{{{
aptitude install xorg
}}}
To install Xfce do the following:

{{{
aptitude install xfce4
}}}
You can also install the Xfce task, using aptitude:

{{{
aptitude install xfce4
}}}
This will install a meta package, which will install the core XFCE modules and scripts to get it to work.

There are many useful utilities that come with XFCE, to install these do:

{{{
aptitude install xfce4-goodies
}}}
=== Other Packages ===
Other packages that can be found with

{{{
aptitude search xfce4
}}}
=== Links ===
 * [http://www.xfce.org] - The Xfce website].
 * [http://pkg-xfce.alioth.debian.org] The Debian Xfce packaging website].

Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment for unix-like operating systems. It aims to be fast and lightweight, while still being visually appealing and easy to use.

Xfce is based on the GTK+ toolkit version 2 (like ["Gnome"]). One of Xfce priority is adhereance to standards, specifically those defined at freedesktop.org. This allows Xfce to seamlessly interoperate with programs written for other desktop environments, if those programs follow the specified standards.

Xfce consists of a number of components that together provide the full functionality of the desktop environment. They are packaged separately and you can pick and choose from the available packages to create the best personal working environment. (from http://www.loculus.nl/xfce/documentation/xfce4-intro.html)

How to install Xfce

Install a fresh system with XFCE

If you install a new system, you can choose to install XFCE directly :

  1. At debian installer boot prompt, press the tab key to edit the command line, then add desktop=xfce (in DebianEtch, you had to type tasks="standard, xfde-desktop, laptop"... where laptop is, well, for laptops only! ).

  2. When prompted to select the task to install, make sure you click "Desktop Environment"

See, Selecting and Installing Software of [http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/i386/ch06s03.html.en#pkgsel Etch] and [http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/manual/en.i386/ch06s03.html#pkgsel Lenny] installation guide.

Install Xfce in an already installed system

To get a bare minimum base install of X, do:

aptitude install xorg

To install Xfce do the following:

aptitude install xfce4

You can also install the Xfce task, using aptitude:

aptitude install xfce4

This will install a meta package, which will install the core XFCE modules and scripts to get it to work.

There are many useful utilities that come with XFCE, to install these do:

aptitude install xfce4-goodies

Other Packages

Other packages that can be found with

aptitude search xfce4


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