How to install/remove XFCE Desktop Environment in Kali Linux

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How to install/remove XFCE Desktop Environment in Kali Linux

I use XFCE Desktop Environment in Kali Linux specially in my laptop as it is lightweight, got all the goodies and plugins I need. The best about XFCE desktop environment is that it’s actually more colorful than Kali’s default GNOME Fallback desktop and runs faster  in my laptop.

XFCE is a free software desktop environment for Unix and Unix-like platforms, such as Linux, Solaris, and BSD. It aims to be fast and lightweight, while still being visually appealing and easy to use. It consists of separately packaged components that together provide the full functionality of the desktop environment, but which can be selected in subsets to create the user’s preferred personal working environment.

Olivier Fourdan started the project in 1996. The name “Xfce” originally stood for “XForms Common Environment”, but since that time Xfce has been rewritten twice and no longer uses the XForms toolkit. The name survived, but it is no longer capitalized as “XFCE”, but rather as “Xfce”. The developers’ current stance is that the initialism no longer stands for anything specific. It has been nicknamed “Cholesterol Free Desktop Environment”, even in some of its man pages.

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How to install XFCE Desktop Environment in Kali Linux

Use the following command to install XFCE Desktop Environment including all required plugins and goodies.

apt-get install kali-defaults kali-root-login desktop-base xfce4 xfce4-places-plugin xfce4-goodies

How to remove XFCE in Kali Linux

In case you want to remove XFCE, use the following command.

apt-get remove xfce4 xfce4-places-plugin xfce4-goodies

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