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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