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Chapter 3: Getting Productive with the D... > Using the Xfce Desktop Environment

Using the Xfce Desktop Environment

The Xfce desktop environment provides a lightweight interface for using your Fedora system. Because it is designed to conserve system resources and load applications quickly, Xfce is usually the best choice if you are using Fedora on a less powerful computer (for example, if you have less than 512MB of RAM).

To meet its goals of running fast and efficiently, Xfce offers its own applications for doing many desktop operations. Here are some examples:

  • Thunar File Manager — A fast and efficient way to manage your files and folders.
  • Xfce Application Finder — A useful tool for finding every desktop-ready application on the system. (From the Xfce menu, select Accessories Appfinder.)
  • Xfce Settings Manager — Provides tools for changing desktop, display, file manager, keyboard, mouse, sound and various other desktop settings. (From the Xfce menu, select Preferences Xfce 4 Settings Manager at the top of the menu. You can select the other entries under the Preferences menu to set the default printer and control other aspects of your system.)

  

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