Install LXDE Debian

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If you're looking for a fast and light-weight linux desktop, LXDE is a good candidate. Here is a quick guide on getting set-up. One of LXDE's immediate competitors is the XFCE desktop, worth comparing before doing this install.

Debian LXDE documentation can be found here.

  1. Install the Debian Base System.

  2. Ensure you are logged-in as root or have install privileges.

  3. Issue the command aptitude update

  4. Issue the command aptitude install lxde

    The documentation URL above [Accessed On: December 10, 2010] indicates aptitude install --without-recommends lxde-core can be used to install a minimalist LXDE. Note that aptitude install lxde already provides a relatively scanty install when it comes to software apps and add-ons.

  5. Reboot the system and login.

    You're done!

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