Are you currently using Gnome or KDE and find them to be a bit... fat? Maybe you don't have that state-of-the-art machine with tons of CPU power or gigs of memory and Gnome and KDE bring your current machine down on its knees. Perhaps you are just someone who likes to keep things simple and clean when it comes to the desktop.
If so, say hello to XFCE!
Quoting XFCE's creator Olivier Fourdan:
Normally, you would download a tarball from the XFCE website and build a bunch of libraries and programs but fortunately, for us, XFCE4 comes included in Fedora Core 2. You just need to follow some simple instructions to have it working.
Installing XFCE is a very simple task. You have to get a couple of packages from your Fedora Core 2 disks or get them directly from the Net using one of the updaters like yum or apt.
The packages needed are: libxfce4mcs, libxfcegui4, libxfce4util, xfce-mcs-manager, xfce-mcs-plugins, xfce-mcs-manager-devel, xfce-utils, xfce4-panel, dbh, xfdesktop, xffm, xffm-icons, xfwm4, xfwm4-themes
For those who would rather use an updater you can try:
$ sudo yum install libxfce4mcs libxfcegui4 libxfce4util xfce-mcs-manager xfce-mcs-plugins xfce-mcs-manager-devel xfce-utils xfce4-panel dbh xfdesktop xffm xffm-icons xfwm4 xfwm4-themes
Alternatively, you can use this syntax:
$sudo yum install xffm\* xfwm4\* xfce\* xfdesktop
Tnanks to Richard Samson for this tip.
After installing these packages you have to create/edit two files: /etc/X11/dm/Sessions/xfce.desktop and /etc/X11/gdm/Sessions/XFCE
[Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Name=XFCE4 Comment=This session logs you into XFCE4 Exec=startxfce4 Icon= Type=Application
#!/bin/bash exec /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession XFCE4
Once you have these files ready you can now logout of your current session and log back in selecting XFCE from the session menu. If you are not using the graphical login just type on your shell:
XFCE is a very useful, simple and clean desktop environment that can perform very well when you have limited resources. You should have no problems using XFCE to bring back to life those 64Mb Pentium II computers stored in the basement. So what are you waiting for!