Tag Archives: xfce

red hat gnu/linux distros & the xfce desktop environment

red hat gnu/linux distros & the xfce desktop environment

according to red hat you can only install from http://www.xfce.org/download

but if you add the fedoraproject EPEL repo you can install xfce desktop onto oracle linux 7 (and red hat ?)

# wget https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
# yum install epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm
# yum groupinstall xfce

then logout click options and choose xfce session instead of gnome and login

# yum repolist
Loaded plugins: langpacks, ulninfo
repo id                    repo name                                                                         status
epel/x86_64                Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux 7 - x86_64                                    13,174
ol7_UEKR5/x86_64           Latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 for Oracle Linux 7Server (x86_64)     125
ol7_developer_EPEL/x86_64  Oracle Linux 7Server Development Packages (x86_64)                                26,135
ol7_latest/x86_64          Oracle Linux 7Server Latest (x86_64)                                              12,818
repolist: 52,252

BTW if you are using centos you can simply use rpm / yum

# yum install epel-release
# yum groupinstall "X Window system"
# yum groupinstall "Xfce"



linuxlite xfce4 panel plugins part 2

linuxlite xfce4 panel plugins part


xfce panel plugins

xfce panel plugins

installed by default if you are using xubuntu but you’ll need to add them if you’re using opensuse xfce

# zypper install xfce4-panel-plugin-cpugraph 
# zypper install xfce4-panel-plugin-netload 
# zypper install xfce4-panel-plugin-systemload

xubuntu 10, 11, 12 & 13 alt print screen problems

in ubuntu & xubuntu 10, 11, 12 & 13 (especially in a vmware player vm) you may have problems with alt print screen not printing the current window and according to some of the comments in the “official” bug report https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/metacity/+bug/642792 it isnt a bug in ubuntu but it is actually a bug in windoz that it does work

one way of fixing is to create your own keyboard shortcut as follows


  • xfce | settings manager | other | settings editor | xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts

then add your own | new | keyboard shortcut

  • /commands/custom/<Super>Print

that executes

  • xfce4-screenshooter -w

which will make Windoz-PrintScreen work instead of Alt-PrintScreen

xubuntu xfce alt print screen
also many thanks to

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS & Ubuntu JeOS have landed

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Long Term Support) Desktop and Server Editions are now available !

If you want to run Ubuntu VM guests you might be very interested in Ubuntu Server Edition JeOS or if you want a lightweight Ubuntu for old low spec hardware (ie PII with 256M of RAM) you could try Xubuntu !

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XFCE desktop menu editing problems

There seems to be a problem with editing XFCE desktop menus. You can't ! However you can tinker with *.desktop in /usr/share/applications menu.

"The problem is you can't edit most of the xfce4 menu with the menu editor. Even many of the xfce community agree that the menu editor is almost useless. I have, however, found a way to change things in the system menu. Create new .desktop files in ~/.local/share/applications and those new meu items will show up in the xfce4 menu immediately.. at least they did for me."

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