XFCE is a well know desktop environment for Linux, Solaris, and BSD systems. It is fast, lightweight, user friendly, GTK+ 2 toolkit based desktop environment. It comes with a wide range of applications and Linux users find it very useful and appealing. Recently, XFCE 4.12 was launched with many enhanced features, noteworthy of them are:
- Improved multi monitor support
- Enhanced Thunar file manager
- Support for developing and testing GTK3 applications
- Alignment support in Xfwm4 Windows manager
- Exo support library has been enhanced to include more applications
We have been keeping eye on XFCE developments and related news since its release and have written detailed article on its installation earlier. Today, we will show how you can install XFCE 4.12 on Linux Mint 17.1 , also known as "Rebecca" and Arch Linux operating system Manjaro 0.8.11.
Install XFCE 4.12 on Linux Mint
Linux Mint is Ubuntu-based operating system. Just like Ubuntu, Mint is also popular for its ease of use and large number of software packages. Mint not only comes with applications included in Ubuntu repositories but it also adds a wide range of proprietary softwares. Linux Mint comes with Cinnamon, MATE, KDE, XFCE desktop environments and additional environments can be installed using its APT package manager. Let’s see how can install or upgrade to the XFCE to 4.12 version on Linux mint.
In order to install or upgrade the latest XFCE on your Linux Mint operating system, first make sure to add following Ubuntu/Mint PPA files to your package manager repository.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xubuntu-dev/xfce-4.12
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xubuntu-dev/extras
Once PPA files have been added, make sure to update the APT repository by running following command on the terminal.
sudo apt-get update
If XFCE is not already installed on your Linux Mint (i.e. you are using Cinnamon, MATE or KDE version of Linux Mint ) then install the latest XFCE 4.12 by running the following command on terminal.
sudo apt-get install xfce4
It will simply download the latest 4.12 XFCE and will install it on your Linux Mint.
That’s all, here is the eye candy XFCE 4.12 running on your Linux Mint now.
If you are already running any old version of XFCE on your Mint system, then simply upgrade your system and it will start using new XFCE 4.12. Add above mentioned PPA repositories, update APT repo and then run the following command to upgrade the existing XFCE version to XFCE 4.12 .
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Install XFCE 4.12 on Arch Linux
Arch Linux based operating systems are well known for their flexibility, package management and ease of use. A large number of operating systems has been developed on this philosophy. Some well know arch linux based operating systems are Manjaro, Antergos, ArchBang, Papyros,Chakra, Netrunner etc.
We have already covered details on how to install Manjaro operating system. Currently, all arch Linux operating systems come with XFCE 4.11 but good news is that Arch Linux developers has added the supporting packages for XFCE 4.12 to the repositories now. So all you need to do is to run the Pacman Package Manager’s system upgrade command.
sudo pacman –Syu
With the popularity of XFCE on the rise, lot of Linux users are trying and installing it on their systems. The install of XFCE 4.12 is now easily possible on almost all well known distributions. The next releases of operating systems will have its packages included by default in their package manager applications.