How to install LXDE and Xfce desktops on Ubuntu

LXDE and Xfce desks are naturally lightweight

In the following article I'm going to show you how to install two really light desktops on our operating system LinuxUbuntu 12.04, although it is also functional for previous versions or systems based on Debian.

These two desks, LXDE y Xfce They stand out for being especially light and designed for machines with scarce system resources, I have it installed Xfce in a Pentium IV with 512Mb of Ram and the truth is that it goes smoothly, making the response system fast and giving my old computer a new life.

Install these two desks in Ubuntu 12.04 It is simple as few things can be, since Ubuntu has two complete distros specific for these two desktops, one is Xubuntu (Xfce) and the other is Lubuntu (LXDE).

It must be said that the installation of these two new desks will be done entirely from the linux terminal.

How to install LXDE desktop

We will update first the list of repositories with the command:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get update

Second we will update the whole system:

sudo apt-get upgrade

sudo apt-get upgrade

Third we will install the desktop LXDE:

sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop

sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop

With this we will have installed LXDE in our team, to execute it we will only have log out current and open a new session by selecting the option LXDE from the login screen.

How to install Xfce desktop

In the same way as before, we will update the package list:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get update

Now we will update the whole system:

sudo apt-get upgrade

sudo apt-get upgrade

Finally install Xfce:

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

To log in to Xfce, we will have to close current session and open a new session by selecting this desktop from the Login screen.

More information - RazorQT, a lightweight desktop for your Ubuntu

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  1.   Cruzhalo said

    Hear a question, which is faster LXDE or KDE, sorry for distorting but it intrigues me a lot.

    1.    Francisco Ruiz said

      Without a doubt LXDE since it is much lighter.

      1.    Cruzhalo said

        Thank you very much, I am going to integrate it to my Linux Mint

    2.    Miquel Mayol i Tur said

      KDE is the heaviest, XFCE and LXDE, I prefer XFCE with the bar down "XP-like" they are better, even more if you lower the screen resolution from 1080p to 720p, it is slightly less than half the work for graphics the change of resolution.

    3.    josue said

      logical what is lxde

  2.   Cruzhalo said

    Hear another question, LXDE is compatible with Compiz effects?

  3.   Miquel Mayol i Tur said

    Not only in pentiums, I have an AMD64 X3 at 3.2 ghz, with an AMD HD 4250 and XFCE at 720p it is much more fluid than Unity or Unity 2d, Gnome Shell or Cinnamon.  

  4.   leaf said

    Now I have a problem at the beginning, on the select desktop screen, I get a long list, so long that it does not fit on the screen and therefore I cannot give it to the accept option ... it does not let me enter any other desktop other than unity, when I have them all installed ... what can I do?

  5.   Alejandro said

    On my ibm t23 with pentium 3 1ghz 256 mb RAM, the xfce works sooo well

  6.   Javier Ruiz said

    I have tried lxde, but I would think xubuntu has more support!

  7.   fabian valencia munoz said

    Hello, a question yp tenog ubuntu 16.04 in dual boot with windows 10 from grub 2, is it possible to use an environment like xfce without any problem with the boot of the two systems? I have a pc with good resources but if it draws attention to the idea of ​​making its performance more fluid.

    1.    josue said

      I do not know

  8.   daniel said

    I already installed xfce but it does not load my desktop, gnome keeps appearing. what I do

    1.    josue said

      FIRST you choose the user and then you change the desktop environment (that happened to me too)