How to Install XFCE desktop in Debian 11
Xfce or XFCE is a free and
open-source desktop environment for Linux and Unix-like operating
systems. It is a lightweight, highly customizable desktop environment
for the Linux platform.
Xfce aims to be fast and lightweight
while still being visually appealing and easy to use. Xfce embodies the
traditional Unix philosophy of modularity and re-usability. It consists
of separately packaged parts that together provide all functions of the
desktop environment, but can be selected in subsets to suit user needs
and preference. Another priority of Xfce is adherence to standards,
specifically those defined at freedesktop.org.
users choose to use it over other flashy options as it stays out of the
way and uses very little memory. In this article, we’ll try to install
it to a Debian 11 system.
XFCE Installation in Debian 11
To install the XFCE desktop on a Debian 11 system we can use the
apt install command. XFCE package is defined as "
task-xfce-desktop" meta-package. This meta-package will pull in the desktop, along with various XFCE apps.
$ sudo apt install task-xfce-desktop
After typing the command and press "
Enter", it will ask for confirmation. We can press "
Y" followed by "
Enter" to continue with installation.
The system will then downloads all required packages and installed all of them. This process could take few minutes, depends on your internet connection speed. Once the XFCE installation finished, let's restart the machine.
$ sudo shutdown -r now
Once the system back online, you'll greeted by a login screen. Login using your credential as usual.
Voila! We've successfully installed XFCE 4 to our Debian 11 system.
I hope that you now know how to install XFCE 4 in Debian 11. If you run into any issues or have any feedback feel free to drop a comment below.