Anyone know how to install a really lean desktop like LXDE or XFCE ?

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I am really not a big fan of the big massive GNOME desktop or KDE which has every bell and whistle anyone could want. I am happy, very happy with a very lean and simple interface like LXDE. Even ye old TWM would work but that is perhaps a tad too lean and entirely too mean. I went looking for lxde and see not much :

# yum search lxde
Loaded plugins: langpacks, product-id, search-disabled-repos, subscription-manager
======================================================== N/S matched: lxde =========================================================
lxmenu-data.noarch : Data files for the LXDE menu

  Name and summary matches only, use "search all" for everything.

So not sure what to make of that.

I think building from source may be a bit of a long haul :

Any thoughts ?


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I found the sad news here :

Does Red Hat support the XFCE Desktop Environment on Red Hat Enterprise Linux?
Solution Verified - Updated April 8 2017 at 2:39 AM - English

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4/5/6/7
XFCE Desktop Environment

so Computer says "no". :-(

I have to look at a total build of my own into $HOME somehow.


Thanks to some other fine people here in "Community" I have been liberated from the GNOME jail and XFCE works.

Last login: Sat Nov  4 06:39:16 GMT 2017 on pts/1
[root@sedna ~]# 
[root@sedna ~]# yum groupinstall xfce 
Loaded plugins: langpacks, product-id, search-disabled-repos, subscription-manager
There is no installed groups file.
Maybe run: yum groups mark convert (see man yum)
epel/x86_64/metalink                                                                                         |  12 kB  00:00:00     
rpmfusion-free-updates                                                                                       | 3.0 kB  00:00:00     
rpmfusion-nonfree-updates                                                                                    | 3.0 kB  00:00:00     
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package Thunar.x86_64 0:1.6.11-1.el7 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: for package: Thunar-1.6.11-1.el7.x86_64
--> Processing Dependency: for package: Thunar-1.6.11-1.el7.x86_64
--> Processing Dependency: for package: Thunar-1.6.11-1.el7.x86_64
  Verifying  : polkit-gnome-0.106-0.1.20170423gita0763a2.el7.x86_64                                                           28/28 

  Thunar.x86_64 0:1.6.11-1.el7                                          openssh-askpass.x86_64 0:7.4p1-13.el7_4                    
  orage.x86_64 0:4.12.1-3.el7                                           pinentry-gtk.x86_64 0:0.8.1-17.el7                         
  polkit-gnome.x86_64 0:0.106-0.1.20170423gita0763a2.el7                thunar-archive-plugin.x86_64 0:0.3.1-6.el7                 
  thunar-volman.x86_64 0:0.8.1-2.el7                                    tumbler.x86_64 0:0.1.31-2.el7                              
  xfce4-appfinder.x86_64 0:4.12.0-4.el7                                 xfce4-panel.x86_64 0:4.12.0-4.el7                          
  xfce4-power-manager.x86_64 0:1.6.0-2.el7                              xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin.x86_64 0:0.2.5-2.el7               
  xfce4-session.x86_64 0:4.12.1-8.el7                                   xfce4-session-engines.x86_64 0:4.12.1-8.el7                
  xfce4-settings.x86_64 0:4.12.0-7.el7                                  xfce4-terminal.x86_64 0:0.6.3-4.el7                        
  xfconf.x86_64 0:4.12.0-3.el7                                          xfdesktop.x86_64 0:4.12.3-2.el7                            
  xfwm4.x86_64 0:4.12.3-2.el7                                          

Dependency Installed:
  exo.x86_64 0:0.10.7-1.el7             garcon.x86_64 0:0.4.0-3.el7             gnome-icon-theme-legacy.noarch 0:3.12.0-1.el7       
  libwnck.x86_64 0:2.31.0-1.el7         libxfce4ui.x86_64 0:4.12.1-3.el7        libxfce4util.x86_64 0:4.12.1-2.el7                  
  pavucontrol.x86_64 0:3.0-5.el7        vte.x86_64 0:0.28.2-10.el7              xfce-polkit.x86_64 0:0.2-8.el7                      

[root@sedna ~]# 

That right there is a wonderful thing.

Kinda curious why the Fedora Project is still building/spinning LXDE, in addition to LXQt, but it seems for the Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL), they are only building LXQt. Is it just for lack of a maintainer? Or other?

If you properly install epel8 on rhel 8.x (along with codeready repo) and combine it with custom xfce repository from

it will work.

Tested it with rhel 8.1, epel 8 and this repository.

I was able to login via x2go and via console into xfce.

Of all the choices of Desktop Managers / Environments it seems RHEL went with the worst of the bunch. Really need XFCE back.

  • According to this, XFCE is available on EPEL for RHEL 8 List of XFCE currently in EPEL are at this link.
  • Now the nature of EPEL is it is provided by Red Hat, but not supported.
  • Here is how you add EPEL as an available repository in this link.
  • This link here from XFCE folks on installing from EPEL, once you've added EPEL to your system successfully as a repository.


Thank you @RJ Hinton, the third link helped download EPEL on RHEL7 and then I ran the command yum groupinstall xfce and rebooted. Now I can select XFCE as my GUI. Thanks again!

Glad that helped Luis Rivas