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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 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 is based on GTK+ version 2 (like ["Gnome"]). One of Xfce priorities is adherence 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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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)
Xfce consists of a number of components that together provide the full functionality of a 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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=== Install a fresh system with XFCE === === Install a fresh system with Xfce ===
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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! ).
If you install a new system, you can choose to install Xfce directly :
 1. At the [:DebianInstaller:Debian Installer] boot prompt, press the {{{tab}}} key to edit the command line, then add {{{desktop=xfce}}} (in DebianEtch, you have to type {{{tasks="standard, xfce-desktop, laptop"}}}... where laptop is, well, for laptops only! ).
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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. See ''Selecting and Installing Software'' in the Lenny ([http://www.debian.org/releases/lenny/i386/ch06s03#pkgsel i386], [http://www.debian.org/releases/lenny/amd64/ch06s03#pkgsel amd64]) or Etch ([http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/i386/ch06s03#pkgsel i386], [http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/amd64/ch06s03#pkgsel amd64]) installation guide.
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To get a bare minimum base install of X, do:

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To get a bare minimum base install of X, do: {{{
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To install Xfce do the following:
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{{{ To install Xfce, do the following: {{{
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You can also install the Xfce task, using aptitude:
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aptitude install xfce4
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There are many useful utilities that come with XFCE, to install these do:

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There are many useful utilities that come with XFCE, to install these: {{{
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Other packages that can be found with
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=== Links ===
 * [http://www.xfce.org] - The Xfce website].
* [http://pkg-xfce.alioth.debian.org] The Debian Xfce packaging website].

=== External
Links ===

* [http://www.xfce.org] - The Xfce website;
 
* [irc://irc.freenode.net/%23xfce #xfce] - ["IRC"] channel
 * [http://
pkg-xfce.alioth.debian.org] - The Debian Xfce packaging website

[:DebianWiki/EditorGuide#translation:Translation(s)]: [:Xfce:English] - [:fr/Xfce:Français]

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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 based on GTK+ version 2 (like ["Gnome"]). One of Xfce priorities is adherence 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 a desktop environment. They are packaged separately and you can pick and choose from the available packages to create the best personal working environment.

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 the [:DebianInstaller:Debian Installer] boot prompt, press the tab key to edit the command line, then add desktop=xfce (in DebianEtch, you have to type tasks="standard, xfce-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 in the Lenny ([http://www.debian.org/releases/lenny/i386/ch06s03#pkgsel i386], [http://www.debian.org/releases/lenny/amd64/ch06s03#pkgsel amd64]) or Etch ([http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/i386/ch06s03#pkgsel i386], [http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/amd64/ch06s03#pkgsel amd64]) 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

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:

aptitude install xfce4-goodies

Other Packages

Other packages that can be found with:

aptitude search xfce4


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