Linux Mint 21.1 switching from Cinnamon to XFCE

Forum rules
Before you post please read how to get help. Topics in this forum are automatically closed 6 months after creation.
Post Reply
ntrcessor
Level 1
Level 1
Posts: 15
Joined: Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:59 am

Linux Mint 21.1 switching from Cinnamon to XFCE

Post by ntrcessor »

I've been running Cinnamon, as I liked some of the extra features, but I decided I didn't like them enough to keep running cinnamon. I installed Xfce4, and all its accoutrements. mint-xfce-info refuses to install due to a common file shared with mint-cinnamon-info. Other than that, xfce4 shows installed, but is not showing up as an option to login with on the login screen. Even if I switch to lightdm. How, without re-installing from scratch, do I get xfce4 available? Is there a config file I can edit to fix this?
User avatar
zcot
Level 8
Level 8
Posts: 2222
Joined: Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:08 pm

Re: Linux Mint 21.1 switching from Cinnamon to XFCE

Post by zcot »

You typically install the full mint setup with package mint-meta-xfce.
ntrcessor
Level 1
Level 1
Posts: 15
Joined: Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:59 am

Re: Linux Mint 21.1 switching from Cinnamon to XFCE

Post by ntrcessor »

I did that. No change in the result. It looks like Cinnamon and XFCE cannot co-reside on the same install. I had to purge Cinnamon completely before XFCE would show up as an option to sign in with. I don't know if this is a bug or what. Remove did not work to allow XFCE to show up.

Other similar posts for OLDER versions also seem to indicate that in order to install XFCE you must remove Cinnamon. (Much older...17, 18 versions.) Didn't see any newer posts, so was hoping that was no longer the case. Seems odd that XFCE and Cinnamon would be that incompatable as I can have OTHER DE's available. Just can't have Cinnamon and XFCE together.
User avatar
zcot
Level 8
Level 8
Posts: 2222
Joined: Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:08 pm

Re: Linux Mint 21.1 switching from Cinnamon to XFCE

Post by zcot »

They will both work on the same system. I have more than one install like that.

I've only used the mint meta packages installing one or the other, so maybe using the base repo version package is missing something about the mint configuration to where it doesn't populate at the login screen.

But you can absolutely have both of them installed and usable.
bendipa
Level 4
Level 4
Posts: 403
Joined: Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:02 pm
Location: NW London. UK

Re: Linux Mint 21.1 switching from Cinnamon to XFCE

Post by bendipa »

ntrcessor wrote:
Thu Jan 19, 2023 12:36 pm
I did that. No change in the result. It looks like Cinnamon and XFCE cannot co-reside on the same install. I had to purge Cinnamon completely before XFCE would show up as an option to sign in with. I don't know if this is a bug or what. Remove did not work to allow XFCE to show up.
Not true. I have LM 19.3 running Cinnamon, which is soon to become obsolete. I've just installed Xfce (sudo apt install xfce4 -y) and it installed okay. When I reboot I'm given a choice of DMs on the login page. There's a small white circle to the right of my username. Click on that and the DMs are listed like so.

There is some configuration you will need to do to get a decent looking desktop and put some launchers on the xfce4 panel. You might also need to download and install apps like xfce4-power-manager and xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin. No Xfce power manager is present (at least just after I installed Xfce), nor is there a practical pop-up menu like you have with Cinammon. You can R. click on the desktop --> Desktop Settings --> Menus, and under Desktop Menu, check 'include applications menu'. That at least will give you a menu, until you install the Whisker menu, which is far superior.
Computer: Dell Vostro 470
Systems: Linux Mint 21 Xfce (Vanessa), Manjaro 22.0 Xfce (Sikaris), Windows 10 (22H2) Pro.
Post Reply

Return to “Xfce”