How To Install XFCE Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install XFCE Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install XFCE Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, XFCE is one of the most popular desktop environments for Linux desktop. XFCE is a free lightweight, fast, and easy to use software desktop environment for Unix/Linux-like operating systems. It is designed for productivity and aims to be fast and low on system resources. Unlike GNOME and KDE desktops which are heavier, but XFCE uses fewer system resources. Furthermore, it offers better modularity and fewer dependencies to install and takes less time and low disk space on your hard drive.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation of the XFCE lightweight desktop environment on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian based distribution like Linux Mint.

Install XFCE Desktop on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing XFCE desktop environment on Ubuntu 20.04.

Now we add the staging PPA and update your system:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xubuntu-dev/staging
sudo apt update

Then, install the Xubuntu-desktop using the below command:

sudo apt install xubuntu-desktop

Step 3. Accessing XFCE desktop.

Once installation, there is no need to restart the system you can get the XFCE desktop. Now log off from the current user and login back in once again. On the login screen, you can choose the Xfce Desktop or XUbuntu session. And you should be seeing a nice Xubuntu desktop with Xfce 4.16.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed XFCE. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing XFCE Desktop on your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official XFCE website.

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