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Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment, it’s default for Xubuntu

Linux Mint 16

Linux Mint 16 “Petra” KDE & Xfce has been released on 22 Dec. Both releases feature Xfce 4.10 / KDE 4.11, MDM 1.4, a Linux kernel 3.11 and an Ubuntu 13.10 package base. Let’s see what’s NEW in these two release and how to upgrade from a previous version of Linux Mint.

New features in Mint 16 Xfce (complete overview):

  • Xfce 4.10 Desktop
  • Whisker Menu 1.2
  • Pulse Audio (allow to switch back to ALSA)
  • Login Screen (MDM 1.4)
  • USB Stick support
  • Performance improvements
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements on Software Manager
  • Lots of system improvements
  • Artwork Improvements

Mint16-xfce

New Features in Mint 16 KDE (See complete overview):

  • KDE 4.11
  • Samba Mounter -mount network shares graphically and locally
  • Login Screen (MDM 1.4)
  • USB Stick support
  • Performance improvements
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements on Software Manager
  • Lots of system improvements
  • Artwork Improvements

Mint-16-Petra-kde

Download Links & Upgrade instructions

Both releases can follow this instructions to upgrade from a previous version of Linux Mint.

Download Links:

Linux Mint 16 Petra KDE 32-bit | 64-bit

Linux Mint 16 Petra Xfce 32-bit | 64-bit

Mac OS Exposé-like window picker

Skippy-XD is a program for X which provides Mac OS Exposé-like features. It is a standalone application for providing a window picker with live previews (including live video) on Linux desktops that run an X server with composite support. Thus it is not part of the window manager, and the composite is not being used all the time.

To use Skippy-XD, you need Xfce (xfwm4) or a NetWM compliant window manager (LXDE, Openbox-based window managers, etc.).

This tutorial shows you how to install this task-switcher via PPA in (X)Ubuntu 13.10, (X)Ubuntu 13.04, (X)Ubuntu 12.10, (X)Ubuntu 12.04 and Linux Mint Xfce.

Mac OS X's Exposé windows picker in Ubuntu 13.10 Xfce 4.10

Mac OS X’s Exposé windows picker in Ubuntu 13.10 Xfce 4.10

Install Skippy-XD:

The Skippy-XD code has been released in 2004, and only slightly improved in 2011. Currently Skippy-XD is under (somewhat) active development and the latest GIT code is available in the PPA below.

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands below one by one to install it from PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:landronimirc/skippy-xd-daily

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install skippy-xd

Once installed, start the daemon via:

skippy-xd --start-daemon &

And activate the windows picker:

skippy-xd --activate-window-picker

Add Keyboard Shortcuts for Skippy-XD

Typically, it is helpful to set up keyboard shortcuts for skippy-xd. For Xfce4:

1. Go to Settings Manager -> Settings Editor -> xfce4 keyboard shortcuts.

2. Click on New, and type in:

  • Property: /commands/custom/<Alt>1 #You may change <Alt>1 to other key combination.
  • Type: String
  • Value: skippy-xd --activate-window-picker
xfce4 add custom shortcut key

xfce4 add custom shortcut key

Auto start Skippy-XD daemon at login:

Go to Settings Manager -> Session and Startup -> Application Autostart. Click on Add button, type in name and command skippy-xd --start-daemon

whisker menu for xfce

Whisker Menu for Xfce released v1.2.0 with more options and bugfixes. Here’s how to install it in XUbuntu 13.10, XUbuntu 13.04, Xubuntu 12.04, XUbuntu 12.10 and other Linux distributions.

Whisker Menu is an alternate application launcher for Xfce. With it, you can browser, search, and marked as favorites through all of your installed applications.

What’s New in version 1.2.0:

  • Fix popup script to show correct version information
  • Fix memory leak when reloading applications
  • Fix favorites and recent deleted when menu failed to load
  • Add option to load menu hierarchy
  • Add option to not include favorites in recently used
  • Add options to set custom commands
  • Add option to show recently used by default
  • Add option to position search entry next to panel button
  • Add option to position command buttons next to search entry
  • Add manual page for popup script
  • Use tabs for configuration dialog layout
  • Translation updates: Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Spanish, Uzbek.

Install Whisker Menu 1.2 for Xfce4:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gottcode/gcppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin

For Debian / Fedora / openSUSE and others, see installation guide on Whisker Menu Homepage

Once installed, right-click on panel and add this launcher by navigating to panel -> Add new item…

whisker menu in Ubuntu 13.10 Xfce4

whisker menu in Ubuntu 13.10 Xfce4

xfce theme manager

Xfce Theme Manager, an integrated theme manager for Xfce Desktop now is available for (X)Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander.

With this tool, you can manage:

  • GTK themes
  • window borders and controls
  • icon themes
  • cursors
  • wallpapers
  • panel size and style, backdrop adjustments, fonts and other view options

Screenshots:

xfce theme manager gtk

xfce theme manager gtk

xfce theme manager advanced

xfce theme manager advanced

xfce theme manager icons

xfce theme manager icons

To install Xfce Theme Manager in (X)Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy and Linux Mint 16 Xfce, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rebuntu16/other-stuff

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install xfce-theme-manager

Once installed, open it from Application Menu -> Settings -> Settings Manager -> Other -> Xfce-Theme-Manager

Numix is a modern flat theme with a combination of light and dark elements. It supports Gnome, Unity, XFCE and Openbox.

This simple tutorials shows how to install Numix GTK as well as Numix icons on Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty, Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise and Linux Mint.

First take a look at screenshots:

numix gtk Ubuntu 13.10 Unity

numix gtk Ubuntu 13.10 Unity

numix icons ubuntu 13.10 unity

numix gtk & icons linux mint

numix gtk & icons linux mint

numix icons & gtk xfce4

numix icons & gtk xfce4

numix gtk & icons gnome shell

numix gtk & icons gnome shell

numix gtk & icons gnome shell

numix gtk & icons gnome shell

Install Numix GTK & Icons via PPA:

Numix project gets a launchpad PPA to make it easy to install Numix GTK, icons, wallpaper in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04 and their derivatives.

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:numix/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install numix-gtk-theme numix-icon-theme numix-wallpaper-saucy

Once installed, use Gnome Tweak Tool, Unity Tweak Tool or other system tools to apply Numix theme and icons.