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Xfce

Xfce

Xfce is a free software desktop environment which aims to be fast and lightweight, yet at the same time being attractive and easy to use. Its configuration is entirely mouse-driven and the configuration files are hidden from the desktop user. It is based on the GTK+ 2.x toolkit (like GNOME).

Xfce is mainly used for its ability to run a modern desktop environment on relatively modest hardware.

The Xfce project contains several separated projects for each part of the desktop. The core components include a window manager, session manager, panel, printing helper, desktop manager, and a settings manager.

Included in the Xfce project are also various desktop applications such as a text editor (called Mousepad), a terminal emulator, a modern file manager (called Thunar), a frontend CD/DVD burning application (Xfburn), a simple calendar application, a media player based on the xine engine, an image viewer (called Ristretto), an archive manager (Xarchiver), and more.

 Xfce 4.10.0

Price
Free to download

Size
-
License

GNU GPL and LGPL

Developer
Olivier Fourdan (Project Leader), and many other core developers

Website
www.xfce.org

System Requirements

Support Sites:
Xfce DiaryXfce Goodies Project, Xfce Developers' Blog

Selected Reviews:
Ryan Orser's Blog, osnews.com, Linux Planet, Linux.com, tuxmachines.org, Linux.com

Features include:

  • Lightweight desktop environment
  • Basic and lightweight applications
  • Goodies for maximum features
    • Xfwm integrates its own compositing manager
    • Orage - calendar that integrates well into the Xfce desktop
    • Thunar - a file manager designed for speed and a low memory footprint, which resembles Nautilus. It has advanced features such as a bulk file renaming capability
    • Text editor
    • Settings manager to customize your desktop environment
    • Session manager - save the current session, autostart applications, shutdown, reboot, suspend or hibernate your computer
  • Real multiscreen and Xinerama
  • Kiosk mode to restrict the configuration
  • Configuration is entirely mouse-driven
  • Translated in more than 40 languages
  • Freedesktop specifications compliance
    • Extended Window Manager hints
    • Desktop Menus
    • Icon themes
    • XDG Base directory
    • XSETTINGS protocol
    • Drag-and-Drop protocol
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