Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE) is a lightweight desktop environment created to be fast and to have comparatively low system resource requirements. LXDE is suitable for use on resource-constrained personal computers and older systems including on a chip computers. This Desktop environment is designed to be slim, feature rich and user friendly
LXDE strives to be a modular Desktop Environment with each component being usable independently with few dependencies. This makes porting LXDE to different distributions and platforms easier and quicker. In this article we will install and use LXDE Desktop Environment on Fedora 34/33/32/31 Workstation.
The key Components of LXDE Desktop Environment are:
- Core desktop components: Includes file manager, application launcher, window manager, desktop panel, session manager among other applications.
- System Accessories: Archiving application, text editor, terminal emulator, music player, search program, calculator, image viewer, e.t.c.
- System Tools: Task manager and system monitor, display manager, e.t.c.
- Configuration Tools: Theme switcher, screen manager, application shortcuts editor, keyboard and mouse configurations.
Install LXDE Desktop Environment on Fedora 34/33/32/31
The LXDE Desktop Environment packages are available in a group named “LXDE Desktop”.
You can do a search with the dnf command to confirm availability of the same packages.
$ sudo dnf group info "LXDE Desktop" Last metadata expiration check: 0:07:17 ago on Sat 10 Apr 2021 09:14:05 PM UTC. Environment Group: LXDE Desktop Description: LXDE is a lightweight X11 desktop environment designed for computers with low hardware specifications like netbooks, mobile devices or older computers. Mandatory Groups: Administration Tools Common NetworkManager Submodules Core Dial-up Networking Support Fonts Guest Desktop Agents Hardware Support Input Methods LXDE Multimedia Printing Support Standard base-x Optional Groups: 3D Printing Applications for the LXDE Desktop Cloud Management Tools LXDE Office Multimedia support for LXDE
Then install LXDE Desktop Environment on Fedora 34/33/32/31 by running the command below.
sudo dnf group install "LXDE Desktop"
Accept installation popup that’s given to you in the terminal
.... Installing Environment Groups: LXDE Desktop Installing Groups: Administration Tools base-x Core Dial-up Networking Support Fonts Guest Desktop Agents Hardware Support Input Methods LXDE Multimedia Common NetworkManager Submodules Printing Support Standard Transaction Summary ================================================================================================================================================================== Install 968 Packages Upgrade 13 Packages Total download size: 640 M Is this ok [y/N]: y
Reboot after the installation of LXDE Desktop Environment on Fedora 34/33/32/31:
sudo systemctl reboot
On the login screen select Xfce session.
If you install screenfetch or neofetch it should show desktop session details.
sudo dnf -y install screenfetch neofetch
Command execution output example:
You can now enjoy using LXDE Desktop Environment on Fedora 34/33/32/31 Workstation or a Server edition with GUI.
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