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January 29, 2007

Howto: install Native xfce4.4 on (X)Ubuntu6.10 (edgy)

Filed under: Tuxicity, Ubuntu, Xfce, xubuntu — tuxicity @ 1:59 pm

Its cool to have the latest and the greatest
Specially if you like Xfce4.

The installation will be installed next to your original Xfce4 install of Ubuntu so no need to delete anything or change anything.

Xfce4.4 can be selected separately in a new entry on your gdm-sessions so you can always switch back to your original Xfce , the new Xfce install will also use your personal settings so nothing will get lost. 🙂 .

A dependency install first :

sudo apt-get install build-essential libxml-parser-perl libgtk2.0-dev libxml2-dev libvte-dev libxpm-dev libdbh-4.5-dev libxfce4mcs-dev liburi-perl libCGI-perl libwww-perl libxml-perl libdbus-1-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev libstartup-notification0-dev libhal-storage-dev libxcomposite-dev libxdamage-dev libjpeg62-dev

Now to download the xfce4.4 installer:

wget http://mocha.xfce.org/archive/xfce-4.4.0/installers/xfce4-4.4.0-installer.run

now run the installer using sudo:

sudo sh xfce4-4.4.0-installer.run

Xfce4.4 gets installed by default in /usr/local/ witch is fine , and does not interfere with the original ubuntu packages of xfce4.

When de installer pops up it shows the dependencies it has and sees, missing dependencies are flagged red and need to be hunted down , but as far as I know I have them all covered in this howto.

In the “choose the features you want to include window of the installer, make sure to check ¨ setup display managers”, and to uncheck “Use alsa for the xfce mixer”
I also checked “extensive optimizations”, “incude debugging support” however can be left unchecked. click next again and let it ride.
Now you can have a coffee or walk the dog for you are going to do a real compile of Xfce4.4!

It takes about 40 min on my pc; AMD Athlon 2200+ and one gig ram.

Now restart X and select in gdm > sessions > XFCE4.4
Done !

Not happy ? To uninstall run :

sudo /usr/local/bin/xfce4.uninstall

 This howto assumes you have universe and multiverse active in the repositories


  1. Thanks for this great how-to.
    I could set up Xfce 4.4 very easely and it is a great window manager.

    Comment by JC — February 13, 2007 @ 12:58 am

  2. Installation through the official installer may break the future upgrade to fiesty. It is better to use my repository to install a backported fiesty packages to edgy:

    Comment by xfce 4.4.0 packages for ubuntu — February 14, 2007 @ 4:49 pm

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