Alternate Window Managers : Installing Xfce 4.4.2 on Ubuntu



Gnome and KDE are running too slow on my system, even with a 1 gig RAM. With days of troubleshooting I have finally decided to move on.
I am currently searching for an alternative X Windows manager. In this first part of tutorial, I cover installing Xfce. In later weeks I'll try using fluxbox, IceWM, E17 and Openbox. And finally, I'll compare their speeds and usability.


First download the xfce4-4.4.2-installer.run installation file from Xfce website. Then follow these steps

apt-get install libice-dev libsm-dev libxpm-dev


apt-get install libxml2-dev libvte-dev libstartup-notification0-dev


apt-get install libhal-storage-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev libjpeg62-dev


chmod u+x xfce4-4.4.2-installer.run


./xfce4-4.4.2-installer.run


Note: I did get an "Failed to build xfce-mcs-manager" error, the first time I tried. Try the following too and rerun the installer.run file.
apt-get install build-essential gettext


#Alsa not found error
apt-get install libsound2-dev*



Phew! Finally, it is installed. For the faint-hearted just type
apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

This will setup everything. Only catch, 4.4.2 is still not available in Repo, so be content with the older release.