How To Install XFCE 4.12.1 On Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn

Hello Linux Geeksters. For those who don’t know, XFCE is a lightweight, open-source desktop environment for Linux and Unix systems. It is based on GTK+2, but partial support for GTK+3 has been implemented.

The latest version available is XFCE 4.12.1, which brings only bug-fixes:

  • Remove unused variable ‘tmp_text’
  • Monitor the wallpaper file for changes
  • Reinitialize background when reloading desktop
  • Update rc file after completing delete process
  • Add a xfconf settings to center the text on xfdesktop icons. This fixes some issues with RTL languages.
  • Do not overwrite rc file while restoring icons
  • Fix crash when moving 2+ icons to the bottom right corner
  • Fix icon placement when using “Arrange Desktop
  • Center icons vertically in the grid
  • Set initial value of font size spin button
  • Show sub directories in template menu again
  • Prevent accidental double clicks in single click mode
  • Disable rename menu entry for special icons
  • Add icon emblems in clockwise order
  • Handle icons with preset emblems
  • Enable drag&drop popup menu for local actions
  • Use mini icon and allow dimming of non-scaled icons

how to install XFCE 4.12.1 on Xubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn.

In this article I will show you how to install XFCE 4.12.1 on Xubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn.

In order to get XFCE 4.12.1 on your Xubuntu 14.10 system, you have to add the XFCE 4.12 PPA to your system, update the local repository index and perform a normal system upgrade. Like this:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xubuntu-dev/xfce-4.12
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xubuntu-dev/extras
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Optional, if you want to revert the changes, do:

$ sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
$ sudo ppa-purge ppa:xubuntu-dev/xfce-4.12
$ sudo ppa-purge ppa:xubuntu-dev/extras

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