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Samsung Galaxy SII running XFCE
Samsung Galaxy SII running XFCE

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


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


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


Follow the Display guide to change and fix display related issues.

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.