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LXDE on Ubuntu

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The laptop won’t let me dual boot. That’s coz the lappy isn’t actually mine, it’s the office laptop. So I was running Ubuntu in Virtualbox all this time. Ubuntu 9.10  (I know!). But then I switched to 12.04 – Precise Pangolin. Unity is pretty cool now compared to what it was back then in 11.04. However it’s a no-no for running in a VBox. Switched to gnome classic sans effects which improved the performance drastically.

I had used LXDE for a few months about an year back in my netbook. So I thought, why not give it a go again? Without removing the existing gnome packages, I typed,

sudo apt-get install lxde-core

into the terminal. It gave me the LXDE desktop, but that’s as far as it went. Just the desktop. No Leafpad, no PCMan, no LXTerminal, nothing. Hey, that isn’t LXDE! What’s LXDE without Leafpad or PCMan? So I went ahead and typed,

sudo apt-get install lxde

and, voila, here I have what I wanted. (Lesson: don’t install lxde-core, just use lxde and it gives you everything)

LXDE desktop on Ubuntu

From left to right, Leafpad, PCMan file browser and LXTerminal (click to enlarge)

Okay, the interface isn’t as polished as that of gnome, that’s a given. It’s only supposed to be lighter and faster. But unfortunately it felt like the system isn’t much comfortable having LXDE around. It felt like the kernel’s carrying a bulk. Not as smooth as the classic gnome experience. I know this isn’t the way it’s supposed to happen, so I’d try this for two or three days and switch back to gnome. Good thing I didn’t remove the gnome packages before installing.

Oh wait, perhaps it’s a good time to try out XFCE!

Written by thameera

July 22, 2012 at 9:46 pm

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  1. I’ve always felt Xfce is a tiny bro of Gnome 2. I think they share most of the libraries.


    July 23, 2012 at 7:40 am

  2. What are you doing with tweets on this screenshot? btw Im planning to move to stable version of debian

    Chathura Sandeepa

    July 23, 2012 at 10:54 am

    • That’s the ttytter timeline. The thing with Ubuntu is it’s just debian with you saved from doing the hard work. Anyway should try out pure debian some time.


      July 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      • ttytter looks cool, Im going to try it later, Debian because you dont get things you dont want.

        Chathura Sandeepa

        July 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm

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