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LXDE is a new project aimed to provide a new desktop environment which is lightweight and fast. It’s not designed to be powerful and bloated, but to be usable and slim enough, and keep the resource usage low.  Different from other desktop environments, LXDE doesn’t tightly integrate every component.  Instead, LXDE makes all components independent, and each of them can be used independently with few dependencies.

Some of the features of LXDE include

Lightweight and runs with reasonable memory usage

Fast and runs well even on older machines

Good-looking, gtk+ 2 internationalized user interface

Simple and Easy-to-use user interface

Desktop independent meaning every component can be used without LXDE

Standards compliant and follows the specs on

Install LXDE

LXDE can be esaliy installed using the 1-click feature in openSUSE.

To install LXDE in

openSUSE 11.0, click 1-click install

openSUSE 10.3, click 1-click install

openSUSE 10.2, click 1-click install

NOTE: To use 1-click install feature in openSUSE 10.2 click here

This will automatically download the LXDE YaST metapackage (.ymp) for your openSUSE and open with YaST package manager. Click next on the screen showing the repositories that will be added to your system and click Next in the next window to confirm the installation of LXDE package and finally “Accept” in the summary page. This will add the repositories required and download and install the required packages and dependencies. Click Finish in the final summary window.

LXDE add repository LXDE confirm LXDE selection

Confirm installation LXDE installation complete

Now, to enable LXDE Desktop Environment, logout from your desktop and choose “LXDE” from the session type and login again. This should now launch your lovely beautiful and yet light-weight Desktop Environment, LXDE.

LXDE Desktop LXDE Menu

To launch any of the list of LXDE commands, press ALT+F2 and type “lx” this should show all possible LXDE related commands

LXDE launcher

The following are some screenshots when LXDE is in action.

LXDE launcher LXDE display settings

LXDE panel settings LXDE LXTerminal LXDE taskbar