is a lightweight desktop environment that aims to be low on system resources and fast, while still being visually appealing and user friendly. More information about XFCE, including usage tips, can be found at the .
The first time you start XFCE4, you will see the Welcome Message shown in Figure 6.17a.
In XFCE, ais a bar which can hold many items such as application launchers, window lists, a clock, a notification area, and application menus. Your initial panel setup options are:
- Migrate old config: select this option if you wish to have a single panel with an application launcher and other icons as shown in Figure 6.17b. The application launcher menu may be reached from the upper left, or by right-clicking on the desktop.
- Use default config: this option will install a large panel across the top and a small, minimal panel centered on the bottom, as shown in Figure 6.17c. The application launcher menu may be accessed by the fireball icon in the lower left, or by a right-click on the desktop.
- One empty panel: this option will install a panel with no icons. The application menu is available by right-clicking the desktop as shown in Figures 6.17b and 6.17c.
If you wish to change your configuration choice at a later time, reset the panel using Applications → Settings → Settings Editor, as shown in Figure 6.17d, then exit to the login prompt without saving session info. The next login to XFCE will present the panel configuration choice again.
In addition to the PC-BSD® utilities, XFCE provides the following utilities:
- Settings → Desktop. Sets the background image, provides a right-click menu to launch applications, and can show files (including application launchers) or iconified windows. : desktop manager found in
- Settings → Window Manager. It provides window decorations, virtual desktops, multiscreen mode, transparency and a keyboard shortcuts editor. : window manager found in
- Graphics → Ristretto Image Viewer. : fast and light-weight picture viewer found in
- Internet → Midori. : light-weight graphical browser found in
- Multimedia → Xfburn. : CD/DVD burning tool found in
- Office → Orage Calendar. : calendar and reminder daemon found in
- System → Thunar File Manager. : file manager found in
- System → Task Manager. : graphical task manager found in
A list of recommended applications for XFCE can be found on the.
XFCE PluginsXFCE supports many plugins which provide additional applications that are separate from the official XFCE distribution. You can browse for plugins and read descriptions for each at the XFCE . If you find a plugin that is not available within AppCafe®, this
After installing a plugin, go to Settings®Panel → Items and click the + button in the right column to see the "Add New Items" window shown in Figure 6.17e.
Select your new plugin from the list, and click the "+Add" button. It will immediately be added as an icon in the panel.