KDE/XFCE hybrid - the greatest DE of all time
22nd November 2015
KDE looks nice but is slow and has a terrible
XFCE is fast and has a sensible UI but doesn't have
fancy compositing or enormous apps.
In this article you will learn how to combine KDE and XFCE
together to create the greatest DE the world has ever seen.
XFCE + Kwin
Set up XFCE on your favourite operating system.
Install Kwin, the KDE window manager
("kde-window-manager" package in Debian Jessie).
Press Alt+F2 in XFCE to bring up the run dialog and
kwin --replace. Now you are using the
KDE window manager and will discover the fancy graphics
We need to make XFCE remember to use Kwin. Close all
windows and go to "Applications Menu" > "Settings"
> "Session and Startup" > "Session" > "Save
Session". Now reboot or log out and in to test.
Now to customise Kwin install "KDE System
Settings". ("systemsettings" package in Debian
Jessie). You may need to log out and in before KDE apps
show up in the menu. Now you can go to "Applications
Menu" > "Settings" > "KDE System Settings". Of
interrest are "Desktop Effects", "Window Behaviour",
"Virtual Desktops" and "Screen Edges".
XFCE + enormous apps
Now to find enormous apps you can look
on the KDE
website. Here are some of my favourites, all of which
are in the debian repositories:
Kompare - the greatest comparing program the world has ever seen!
Marble - now you don't need Google maps!
KLinkStatus - now you can easily find broken links on your blog!
KColorChooser - pick a color from anywhere on the screen with the pipette button!
KCalc - a great calculator!
Note: you may need to log out and in to see this stuff in
your XFCE menu.
Do not use the "Notes" XFCE panel app as it will crash the