[SOLVED] Looking to Switch from Cinnamon to Xfce

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[SOLVED] Looking to Switch from Cinnamon to Xfce

Post by JerryF » Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:22 pm

Hello all,

I'm thinking of installing Xfce for my laptop. Currently, it has Mint 18.3 Cinnamon 64-bit. Has anyone ever done a backup (example: Cinnamon) and restored to another "flavor" (example: Xfce)?

There have been lots of necessary tweaks (files edited, etc.) to get my Cinnamon working well. If and when I install Xfce, I would need to do all those tweaks again. I'm hoping that I can avoid that somehow.

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System:    Host: HP-EliteBook-8460p Kernel: 4.4.0-116-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
           Desktop: Cinnamon 3.6.7 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3) Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia
Machine:   System: Hewlett-Packard (portable) product: HP EliteBook 8460p v: A0001D02
           Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 161C v: KBC Version 97.4E
           Bios: Hewlett-Packard v: 68SCF Ver. F.65 date: 04/06/2017
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5-2520M (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 9977
           clock speeds: max: 3200 MHz 1: 1152 MHz 2: 814 MHz 3: 850 MHz 4: 928 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1600x900@59.90hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Sandybridge Mobile GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.2.4 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-116-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: 4060 bus-ID: 00:19.0
           IF: enp0s25 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 [Taylor Peak] driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 24:00.0
           IF: wlo1 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 320.1GB (57.9% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: Hitachi_HTS72323 size: 320.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 20G used: 12G (61%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: /home size: 266G used: 154G (61%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda3
           ID-3: swap-1 size: 8.59GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda2
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 52.0C mobo: 0.0C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 237 Uptime: 36 min Memory: 2574.2/7893.0MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35 
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Re: Looking to Switch from Cinnamon to Xfce

Post by Pjotr » Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:30 pm

You can use Timeshift to create a full restoreable backup of your Mint 18.3 Cinnamon, on an external USB hard disk. Then you can do a clean installation of the Xfce edition of Mint 18.3.

Note that many tweaks to your Cinnamon are probably Cinnamon-specific, so of no use at all in Xfce (which has its own potential tweaks). I recommend my own "10 things to do" list for Xfce. :wink:
https://sites.google.com/site/easylinux ... -mint-xfce
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Re: Looking to Switch from Cinnamon to Xfce

Post by Cosmo. » Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:48 pm

At first: Backup your home. Although you have a separate partition for it this is important, a separate home partition is no backup.

At second: As far as it are tweaks, which you did for your account, you can forget to restore them in another DE. Even in the case that xfce offers the same functionality, the settings will be on a quite different place. Prepare to do everything by hand.
Only settings for applications can get restored by the backup, e. g. Firefox, Thunderbird (in both cases you simply copy over the complete profile folder), LibreOffice and whatever else you might use.

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Re: Looking to Switch from Cinnamon to Xfce

Post by JerryF » Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:31 pm

Thanks guys so much!
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