XFCE Desktop Environment


Linux users — the ones who want total control of their desktop — will want to try the XFCE desktop environment. It’s a fast, lightweight environment for Unix and similar systems, visually appealing and easy to use.

Well, there’s easy and there’s easy. This is not for the casual user, or even for the power user: this is for people who like to operate at the system component level. It consists of a number of components, packaged separately, that the user can pick and choose to create the best personal working environment. The list includes: a settings manager, a window manager, a desktop manager and a control panel; a file manager, a printing helper, and an application finder; a session manager, a notification area, and at least three libraries of various functions and widgets. A sound mixer, a calendar/notification application, “toys” (less serious applications and add—ins), themes and an icon box come with the package.

The system runs on top of the operating system. Linux, NetBSD, FreeBSD, Solaris, Cygwin, and MacOS X are OSes that it’s known to compile and run on. If you don't have the time or know-how to compile it from the source code, ready-to-run binaries are available for Redhat/Fedora, Suse, and Mandrake, among other flavors of Linux.

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