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How to install KDE

sudo aptitude install kubuntu-desktop
Note: This installation will require ~400MB of disk space
  • System -> Quit -> Log Out
  • To log in to KDE click on Sessions and choose KDE

How to install XFCE

sudo aptitude install xubuntu-desktop
  • System -> Quit -> Log Out
  • To log in to XFCE click on Sessions and choose XFCE

How to install XFCE 4.4

sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install xubuntu-desktop
  • Also recomended to install thunar-volman, the tool for automatic mount of removable devices
sudo aptitude install thunar-volman

How to install XFCE 4.4 RC2

  • to install Xfce 4.4 RC2 on a fresh install:
sudo aptitude install build-essential gcc pkg-config libglib2.0-0 libglib2.0-dev libgtk2.0-0 libgtk2.0-dev \
     libxml2-dev libvte-dev libvte9 libxpm-dev libxpm4 libasound2-dev alsa-base alsa-utils libxml2 \
     libxml-parser-perl libpng12-0 libpng12-dev libice-dev libsm-dev xorg-dev
chmod +x xfce4-4.4RC2-installer.run 
sudo ./xfce4-4.4RC2-installer.run
  • finally to enable Xfce, logout and login choosing xfce session
  • for xubuntu users that upgraded to the latest Xfce. If you are missing the nifty little mouse running in the ubuntu logo at the startup splash, just do a simple copy:
sudo cp /usr/lib/xfce4/splash/engines/libxubuntu.so /usr/local/lib/xfce4/splash/engines/

How to install FluxBox

Here's some Screenshots. Fluxbox is a popular minimalist Window Manager.

sudo aptitude install fluxbox
Make it start when you login through GDM
echo "exec startfluxbox" > ~/.xinitrc
Make it make the pretty sound on login
sudo aptitude install sox
gedit ~/.fluxbox/startup
  • Find this line:
exec /usr/local/bin/fluxbox
  • Put this above it somewhere:
play /usr/share/sounds/login.wav > /dev/null 2>&1 &
  • Listen happily.
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