XFCE4 is my favorite desktop environment. I find it the most stable and useful amongst all other desktop environments available for Linux. It is solid, fast and most importantly, it follows the traditional desktop UI paradigm with a taskbar (panel), system tray, desktop icons and a launcher/menu. The latest version 4.14 of XFCE4 is finally here!
XFCE4 is my favorite desktop environment. I find it the most stable and useful amongst all other desktop environments available for Linux. It is solid, fast and most importantly, it follows the traditional desktop UI paradigm with a taskbar (panel), system tray, desktop icons and a launcher/menu. There are a number of improvements that were announced by developers for the upcoming XFCE4 4.14.
As you may already know, XFCE4 is my favorite desktop environment in Linux, which is my primary operating system. Actually, it is the only modern DE I can stand. It is fast, stable, feature-rich and includes a bunch of high-quality useful apps. In this article, I would like to introduce the Numix HiDPI theme for XFWM, the window manager of XFCE4.
I use the XFCE4 desktop environment in my Linux distro. By default, when you minimize an application in XFCE4, its icon becomes dimmed on the taskbar. This is to indicate which windows are minimized with a quick glance at the taskbar. However, not everyone likes this behavior. Some users prefer to see minimized app icons in full color. While XFCE4 does not come with an option to disable the dimming of icons, there is a quick hack which will allow you to change the appearance of the minimized window icons.
After a short delay, both, Linux Mint 17.3 XFCE edition and the corresponding KDE based branch have left the beta stage and are now available along with MATE and Cinnamon editions. XFCE is known as a lightweight yet powerful alternative to the MATE desktop environment. KDE offers a rich desktop experience for the end user providing a wide range of features and customization options.
In XFCE4, which is the desktop environment I prefer for now for my Linux distros, it is possible to have two types of apps menu. The first is the classic one, which shows a drop down list of app categories but has poor customization options. The other, whiskermenu plugin implements a more modern apps menu with a search bar, favorites, customizable appearance and tracking of frequent apps too!
XFCE is one of my favorite desktop environments in Linux along with MATE. By default, it uses the Alt + F1 key sequence to open the apps menu. If you prefer to use the Win key to open the apps menu, here is how to configure XFCE to work this way.