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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment

LXDE, Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, is a desktop environment which is lightweight and fast. It is designed to be user friendly and slim, and keep the resource usage low. LXDE uses less RAM and less CPU while being a feature rich desktop environment. Unlike other iphone photography tightly integrated desktops LXDE strives to be modular, so each component can be used independently with few dependencies. This makes porting LXDE to different distributions and platforms easier.
A good starting point is the General Information page, where you find information on system requirements and compatibility. You also find an overview of distributions including LXDE with installation instructions, plus more general installation instructions, information on LXDE components and our future plans on the wiki. More about LXDE on the website, the LXDE blogs, and in the LXDE forum.
Here is a complete LXDE setup guide from the creator of LXDE.

LXDE Components
  • PCManFM, is a fast and lightweight file manager with features like Drag & Drop support, tabbed browsing (Similar to Firefox), Built-in file searching utility, fast load of large directories, File association support (Default application), Thumbnail for image files, Bookmarks support, correct handling of non-UTF-8 encoded filenames and more 
  • LXLauncher, an easy-mode application launcher
  • LXPanel, desktop panel. The panel can generate menu for installed applications automatically from *.desktop files. It can be configured from GUI preference dialog, and there is no need to edit config files. The component provides a "Run" dialog with autocompletion.
  • LXSession, a session manager. The LXSession manager is used to automatically start a set of applications and set up a working desktop environment. Moreover, the session manager is able to remember the applications in use when a user logs out and to restart them the next time the user logs in.
  • LXSession Edit, an edit manager for session management. The window manager in use in LXDE can be changed, the tool offers the ability to turn on disabled applications.
  • LXAppearance, a theme switcher. You can change the theme, icons, and fonts used by applications easily.
  • Leafpad, a text editor
  • Xarchiver, archiving
  • GPicView, an image viewer. GPicView features lightening fast startup and intuitive interface.
  • LXTerminal, a terminal emulator
  • LXTask, a task manager / system monitor
  • LXNM, a lightweight network connection helper daemon for LXDE supporting wireless connections (Linux-only)
  • Openbox, a window manager and obconf
  • LXRandr, a screen manager. Manages screen resolution and external monitors.
  • LXShortCut, an easy way to edit application shortcuts
  • LXMusic, a minimalist xmms2-based music player
  • LXDE Common, the default settings configuration file for integrating the different components of LXDE. LXDE Common manages the system behavior and functions to integrate icons and artwork.
  • GtkNetCat, a Graphic User Interface for netcat. Netcat provides system functions as a computer networking utility for reading from and writing to network connections on either TCP or UDP.
  • Menu-Cache now moved to libexec
  • LXInput, a config tool to configure your keyboard and mouse under LXDE
  • lxde-settings-daemon, configures theme, keyboard and mouse for you. (works with lxinput config tool)
  • LXDM, a lightweight display manager
  • LXMenu Data, a collection of files, intended to adapt LXDE menus to the menu specification
How to customize LXDE more in the category How tos

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