Install XFCE 4.10 in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring/Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/Linux Mint 15/14/13/ and Ubuntu derivatives

Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment for UNIX-like operating systems. It aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly.

Xfce contains a number of core components for the minimum tasks you'd expect from a desktop environment:
  • Window Manager: Manages the placement of windows on the screen, provides window decorations and manages workspaces or virtual desktops.
  • Desktop Manager: Sets the background image and provides a root window menu, desktop icons or minimized icons and a windows list.
  • Panel: Switch between opened windows, launch applications, switch workspaces and menu plugins to browse applications or directories.
  • Session Manager: Controls the login and power management of the desktop and allows you to store multiple login sessions.
  • Application Finder: Shows the applications installed on your system in categories, so you can quickly find and launch them.
  • File Manager: Provides the basic file management features and unique utilities like the bulk renamer.
  • Setting Manager: Tools to control the various settings of the desktop like keyboard shortcuts, appearance, display settings etcetera.

To install XFCE desktop environment in Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04/Linux Mint 15/14/13 open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

or if you want to install complete xfce desktop then enter following command:

If you already have then upgrade it via following commands:

Here is Xfce tour. That's it
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