Install LXDE or XFCE on Fedora 14 Laughlin

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If you are using Fedora on your old and slow machine that you recycled to a new life, then the default desktop environment (Gnome) might be a bit too heavy for it, the alternatives are quite a few, two of the popular options are LXDE and XFCE.

LXDE (Light X Desktop Environment)

You can install it on Fedora 14 system by running the following commands

su -
yum install @lxde-desktop

After installation, log out and while logging in, choose LXDE from the login session drop down menu. The default installation would look like the one shown below


You can install Xfce in Fedora by using following commands

su -
yum groupinstall xfce

The default screen looks like the one shown below, it is difficult to tell which of the two (LXDE vs Xfce 4) is better option. So give them both a try and see which one suits your need better.

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2 Comments on “Install LXDE or XFCE on Fedora 14 Laughlin”

  • vallabh wrote on 1 July, 2011, 4:31

    Where is the remote desktop viewer.

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    lifehacker Reply:

    @vallabh, Default remote desktop viewer in Fedora 14 is vinagre, you can launch it from command line using


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