How To Install XFCE Desktop 4.8 in Ubuntu 10.10

First of all, Xfce is not for everyone. Even if you're willing to bear few of the difficulties that Gnome imposes, yet in comparison Xfce is an even more "simplified" version of the Gnome. But that being said, if you have an old PC and looking for a GNU Linux distribution that ships with up to date complete desktop but willing to accept some of the "simplifications" it comes with, in that sense Xfce actually is a must have!.

If you've installed Ubuntu 10.10 and don't like to install Xubuntu (official Xfce desktop of Ubuntu) but still would like to keep Xfce as an alternative desktop, then you can easily install Xfce 4.8 in Ubuntu by giving the below command.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:koshi/xfce-4.8
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

Hi, I'm the Xfce mouse :)

Once installed, reboot your PC and when you're greeted with the login window, you should see Xfce as a "desktop" choice in the GDM log-in manager.


Anonymous said...

?? i cant install unity 3d if wouldnt install do i just reboot the computer after i did the third command or what?

Gayan said...


Not sure what you're saying friend. What did you mean?, this command install "Xfce" desktop, you can switch between desktop upon the log-in screen.

If you've set the option to automatic login, then after installing "Xfce", log-out and enter your login details. Then you can choose Xfce from the "Session" option ... hope this is what you were asking.

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