How to add xfce?

Avi Greenbury lists at
Sat Mar 31 13:13:25 UTC 2012

R Kimber wrote:

> On Fri, 30 Mar 2012 23:38:29 -0400
> Sonny Golovine wrote:
> > sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
> > 
> > This will install Xubuntu (XFCE) and all its related packages.
> Is there any difference between installing standard Ubuntu + xfce, and
> installing Xubuntu, apart from some unused files lying on disk in the
> former case?

A standard ubuntu is the core Ubuntu install with the 'ubuntu-desktop'
package installed. This pulls in Unity and all the default apps (like
Firefox and Empathy and Libre Office). Xubuntu-desktop will have some
slightly different defaults. I don't know precisely what they are, but
it may use Abiword and Gnumeric in place of LO, for example.

If you have both ubuntu-desktop and xubuntu-desktop installed (as you
would if you installed Ubuntu and then the xubuntu-desktop package)
you'll have both sets of apps to choose from. If you install Xubuntu
and then don't install ubuntu-desktop you'll only have the
xubuntu-desktop set of apps.

You don't lose anything except some disk space by having both


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