How to install Xfce 4.12 in Ubuntu

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Yesterday we announced the release of Xfce 4.12, and today we show you how to use it already in your Ubuntu installation.

Surely you have been curious about the news of Xfce 4.12, although that desktop environment would have never caught your attention; also if you are already users of this environment you surely want to update as soon as possible. The good thing is that in no time all GNU / Linux distributions will receive it in their official repositories, but if we can’t wait we can already install it on our Ubuntu 14.04 or 14.10 system.

All thanks to the Xubuntu development repositories, the Xfce version of the distro, which have already received updated packages after some problems and bugs. The next version of Xubuntu 15.04 will bring Xfce 4.12, and now we can add the repositories following the next steps. As always, if you do not know what you are doing it is better to let it pass and wait for the final version of Xubuntu.

How to install Xfce 4.12 in Ubuntu

We open a terminal and write the following. Keep in mind that we ask for the password with the first command sudo add-apt-repository ppa: xubuntu-dev / xfce-4.12 sudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

Many new packages will be downloaded (it may take a long time depending on your connection), those necessary for both Xfce and its integration with Ubuntu, and when we restart we will be able to access Xfce thanks to a new option on the login screen.

How to upgrade to Xfce 4.12

If we already use Xubuntu we can update to Xfce 4.12 in a similar way:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: xubuntu-dev / xfce-4.12 sudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get dist-upgrade

How to remove Xfce 4.12

If we have noticed that we are not interested, we use the following commands to install ppa-purge, a program that will remove the repository and automatically reinstall packages to previous versions.

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

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