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How to completely remove Xfce

It’s not totally obvious how to get rid of Xfce, so user kmathern came up with this single command:

dpkg -l | grep .xfce. | awk '{print $2}' | xargs sudo apt-get purge -V --auto-remove -yy 

When that has finished, then reinstall one package:

sudo apt install desktop-defaults-mx-common

12 thoughts on “How to completely remove Xfce”

  1. Thank you. This works safely on Mint XFCE 19.1 “Tessa”. No further problem appears after rebooting.

  2. New idea of MX versions.
    Is it possible to remove Xfce completely as above, and to have full installation of Fluxbox to have distro very low in resources ? It is so good, when the system with Fluxbox is lightning fast in reactions, taking less than 100 MB of RAM, and starts in 2 seconds. Of course it would be good to have that kind of clean ISO, so MX would be a Formula 1 Linux ๐Ÿ™‚

    I was using Arch Linux, there is very easy to have any WM, DE, but Arch was many times crashing after updates, etc. so i do not waste my time any more to constantly repair Arch system.

    MX Linux would be the best distribution, if there is a version with Fluxbox, and tiling for example i3, for people waiting for super fast systems, professionals, designers, where all these decorations, window animation gadgets are not important, even disturbing the work time.
    For people happy with colorful, animated, graphics oriented versions could be something like Xfce, KDE, etc.
    I always disable all decorations, animations, etc. when work on KDE production system.

    ….. thanks for any ideas

  3. Maybe you can try antiX. It has Fluxbox, IceWM, JWM configured out-of-the-box and have all the persistence options (antiX-Magic) blazing fast environment, three editions net,core, base and full.

    (Sorry for my bad English)


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