How to Switch From Gnome/Gnome3 to Xfce Desktop on Debian Visual-Guide

December 26, 2012 | By Regaz.

Switching from GNOME to Xfce on Debian

You are Welcome! This Guide shows you Step-by-step How Easy Switching from GNOME/Gnome3 to Xfce Desktop on Debian 7-Wheezy/8-Jessie/9-Stretch/10-Buster/11-Bullseye GNU/Linux Desktops.

To Login into the Xfce Desktop we will Install and Make Use of the slim Display Manager.

Finally, the post’s Content is Expressly Reduced to Give Focus to the Essentials Instructions and Commands.

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  1. Installing the Xfce Desktop.


    If Got “User is Not in Sudoers file” then see: How to Enable sudo

    aptitude install xfce4
  2. Installing and Switching to Slim Display Manager.

    aptitude install slim

    Choose the slim Display Manager.

    Debian Installing Slim Display Manager
  3. Disabling the gdm/gdm3 Display Managers.

    aptitude install rcconf


    Disable the gnome or gnome3 Display Managers.

  4. Setup Slim for Running a Desktop on Debian:

    Debian Slim Setup How-to
  • SetUp Xfce for Starting at Boot.

    su <username>

    nano ~/.xinitrc


    exec startxfce4
  • Rebooting into the Debian Xfce Desktop :)

  • Press F1 to Switch from GNOME to Xfce & Viceversa.

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