Difference between revisions of "XFCE4"

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| imagecaption = [[Samsung_Galaxy_SII_(samsung-i9100)|Samsung Galaxy SII]] running XFCE
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| imagecaption = [[Google Nexus 5X(lg-bullhead)|Nexus 5x]] running Xfce4
 
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== Status ==
 
== Status ==
  
It works on most devices with a working display, and runs fine without hardware acceleration. Uses packages from Alpine repo.
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It works on most devices with a working display, and runs fine without hardware acceleration. Uses latest xfce version packages from Alpine repo.
  
 
== Installation ==
 
== Installation ==
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* <code>User interface: xfce4</code>
 
* <code>User interface: xfce4</code>
 
* <code>Extra packages: xf86-video-vesa mesa-egl</code>
 
* <code>Extra packages: xf86-video-vesa mesa-egl</code>
** Add <code>matchbox-keyboard</code> to get an on-screen keyboard [https://postmarketos.org/static/img/2017-12/xfce4-i9505.jpg]
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** Add <code>matchbox-keyboard</code>[https://postmarketos.org/static/img/2017-12/xfce4-i9505.jpg] or <code>corekeyboard</code> [https://wiki.postmarketos.org/images/8/83/Corekeyboard.jpg] to get an on-screen keyboard
  
== Guide ==
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== Fixes ==
  
Follow the [https://wiki.postmarketos.org/wiki/Display Display] guide to change and fix display related issues.
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# Follow the [https://wiki.postmarketos.org/wiki/Display Display] guide to change and fix display related issues.
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# Add <code>gvfs</code> and <code>thunar-volman</code> for mounting drives and drive management.
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# Change the hidpi settings to 2x in <code>Display</code> setting.
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# Install <code>lxdm</code> to get restart options in power manager.
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# Disable <code>Compositor</code> from <code>Window Manager Tweaks</code> in settings to get faster experience.
  
==Improving Touchscreen-Friendliness==
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== Better usability ==
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[[File:Corekeyboard.jpg|thumb|200px|Example configuration with CoreKeyboard running on [[Google Nexus 5X(lg-bullhead)|Nexus 5x]] ]]
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The best way to use the Xfce will be in Horizontally. So do this step to get better usability from Xfce.
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* Rotate the display and touch to horizontal using [https://wiki.postmarketos.org/wiki/Display Display] guide.
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* In panel setting, change the mode to <code>Deskbar</code>, add <code>wisker-menu</code> and remove other plugins.
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* In <code>FileManager</code> settings, shortcut pane icon size to 48 px and enable <code>Single Click</code> in Behavior section.
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== Improving Touchscreen-Friendliness ==
  
 
[[File:Scrot4.png|thumb|200px|Example configuration with matchbox-keyboard running on [[Samsung_Galaxy_SII_(samsung-i9100)|Galaxy SII]]]]
 
[[File:Scrot4.png|thumb|200px|Example configuration with matchbox-keyboard running on [[Samsung_Galaxy_SII_(samsung-i9100)|Galaxy SII]]]]

Revision as of 23:25, 22 July 2019

Nexus 5x running Xfce4
Nexus 5x running Xfce4

Xfce4 is a GTK-based desktop environment aiming to be fast and lightweight.

Status

It works on most devices with a working display, and runs fine without hardware acceleration. Uses latest xfce version packages from Alpine repo.

Installation

  • pmbootstrap init
  • User interface: xfce4
  • Extra packages: xf86-video-vesa mesa-egl
    • Add matchbox-keyboard[1] or corekeyboard [2] to get an on-screen keyboard

Fixes

  1. Follow the Display guide to change and fix display related issues.
  2. Add gvfs and thunar-volman for mounting drives and drive management.
  3. Change the hidpi settings to 2x in Display setting.
  4. Install lxdm to get restart options in power manager.
  5. Disable Compositor from Window Manager Tweaks in settings to get faster experience.


Better usability

Example configuration with CoreKeyboard running on Nexus 5x

The best way to use the Xfce will be in Horizontally. So do this step to get better usability from Xfce.

  • Rotate the display and touch to horizontal using Display guide.
  • In panel setting, change the mode to Deskbar, add wisker-menu and remove other plugins.
  • In FileManager settings, shortcut pane icon size to 48 px and enable Single Click in Behavior section.




Improving Touchscreen-Friendliness

Example configuration with matchbox-keyboard running on Galaxy SII

In Window Manager settings, changing the theme to Default-hdpi or Default-xhdpi will make window buttons and title bars larger. A font size of about 16 can work well with these themes.

In Panel settings, increasing panel height, and setting panels to hide Intelligently, will make them easier to interact with, without losing effective screen real estate.

This results in something like the right. The only obvious problem is the large, permanent, title bars.