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txt=Missing Link[1] is the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. It is an excellent choice for older hardware or for users who wish for a complete window manager without all of the overhead required by KDE or GNOME. Since it is XDG-compliant, the PC-BSD Control Panel, AppCafe®, and Life Preserver will be available on the desktop and will integrate into LXDE's menus.

Figure 6.3a shows a screenshot of the default LXDE installation with the LXPanel open.

Figure 6.3a: LXDE Desktop on a PC-BSD System


In addition to PC-BSD's utilities, LXDE provides the following utilities:

  • txt=Missing Link[2]: desktop panel which is launched by clicking on the PC-BSD icon in the lower right corner of the desktop. To configure the panel, right-click the PC-BSD icon and select "Panel Settings" or "Add/Remove Panel Items" from the right-click menu.
  • txt=Missing Link[3]: found in Accessories ➜ File Manager. A file manager with features like drag and drop, tabbed browsing, built-in file search, file association with default application, thumbnails for images, bookmarks, and support for non-UTF-8 encoded filenames.
  • txt=Missing Link[7]: archiver utility that supports the 7z, ARJ, bzip2, gzip, lzma, RAR, RPM, DEB, tar, and ZIP file formats. Found in Accessories ➜ Xarchiver.
  • txt=Missing Link[9]: a theme switcher for customizing the widgets, colors, icons, mouse cursors, and sound effects used by applications. Found in Preferences ➜ Customize Look and Feel.
  • LXInput: a tool to configure your keyboard and mouse found in Preferences ➜ Keyboard and Mouse.
  • txt=Missing Link[10]: the window manager used by LXDE. You can configure settings such as themes, appearance, mouse, and margins by going to Preferences ➜ Openbox Configuration Manager.

LXDE does not ship with a web browser. However, you can use AppCafe® to install your web browser of choice. Once you install a browser, an Internet category will be added to the LXPanel menu.


  1. http://lxde.org/
  2. http://wiki.lxde.org/en/LXPanel
  3. http://wiki.lxde.org/en/PCManFM
  4. http://wiki.lxde.org/en/GPicView
  5. http://tarot.freeshell.org/leafpad/
  6. http://wiki.lxde.org/en/LXTerminal
  7. http://xarchiver.sourceforge.net/
  8. http://trac.emma-soft.com/epdfview/
  9. http://wiki.lxde.org/en/LXAppearance
  10. http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Openbox
  11. http://wiki.lxde.org/en/LXTask
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