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LXDE[1] is the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. It is an excellent choice for older hardware or for users who want a complete desktop environment without all of the overhead required by KDE or GNOME. Since it is XDG-compliant, the PC-BSD® Control Panel, AppCafe®, and Life Preserver are available on the desktop and integrated 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 the PC-BSD® utilities, LXDE provides the following utilities:

  • LXPanel[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.
  • PCManFM[3]: found in AccessoriesFile Manager PCManFM. 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.
  • GPicView[4]: fast image viewer found in AccessoriesImage Viewer.
  • Leafpad[5]: a light-weight graphical text editor found in AccessoriesLeafpad.
  • LXTerminal[6]: terminal emulator found in Accessories ➜ LXTerminal.
  • Xarchiver[7]: archiver utility that supports the 7z, ARJ, bzip2, gzip, lzma, RAR, RPM, DEB, tar, and ZIP file formats. Found in AccessoriesXarchiver.
  • Midori[8]: a lightweight web browser found in InternetMidori.
  • epdfview[9]: a PDF viewer found in OfficeePDFViewer.
  • LXTask[10]: task manager and system monitor found in System ToolsTask Manager.
  • LXAppearance[11]: a theme switcher for customizing the widgets, colors, icons, mouse cursors, and sound effects used by applications, found in PreferencesCustomize Look and Feel.
  • LXInput: a tool to configure your keyboard and mouse found in PreferencesKeyboard and Mouse.
  • Openbox[12]: the window manager used by LXDE. You can configure settings such as themes, appearance, mouse, and margins by going to PreferencesOpenbox Configuration Manager.


  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://twotoasts.de/index.php/midori/
  9. http://trac.emma-soft.com/epdfview/
  10. http://wiki.lxde.org/en/LXTask
  11. http://wiki.lxde.org/en/LXAppearance
  12. http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Openbox
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