Monday, December 31, 2007

Alternate Window Managers : Installing Xfce 4.4.2 on Ubuntu

Gnome and KDE are running too slow on my system, even with a 1 gig RAM. With days of troubleshooting I have finally decided to move on.
I am currently searching for an alternative X Windows manager. In this first part of tutorial, I cover installing Xfce. In later weeks I'll try using fluxbox, IceWM, E17 and Openbox. And finally, I'll compare their speeds and usability.

First download the installation file from Xfce website. Then follow these steps

apt-get install libice-dev libsm-dev libxpm-dev

apt-get install libxml2-dev libvte-dev libstartup-notification0-dev

apt-get install libhal-storage-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev libjpeg62-dev

chmod u+x


Note: I did get an "Failed to build xfce-mcs-manager" error, the first time I tried. Try the following too and rerun the file.
apt-get install build-essential gettext

#Alsa not found error
apt-get install libsound2-dev*

Phew! Finally, it is installed. For the faint-hearted just type
apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

This will setup everything. Only catch, 4.4.2 is still not available in Repo, so be content with the older release.


kystorms said...

when i got to this code -
apt-get install libhal-storage-dev install libdbus-glib-1-dev libjpeg62-dev
it said it could not find installer????

Anoj said...

Hi Kystorms

Thanks for comment. Corrected the error.
It should work now.