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1<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?> 1<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
2<!DOCTYPE guide SYSTEM "/dtd/guide.dtd"> 2<!DOCTYPE guide SYSTEM "/dtd/guide.dtd">
3<!-- $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/xfce-config.xml,v 1.15 2007/12/30 11:23:41 nightmorph Exp $ --> 3<!-- $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/xfce-config.xml,v 1.16 2008/02/24 08:36:44 nightmorph Exp $ -->
4 4
5<guide link="/doc/en/xfce-config.xml"> 5<guide link="/doc/en/xfce-config.xml">
6<title>The Xfce Configuration Guide</title> 6<title>The Xfce Configuration Guide</title>
7 7
8<author title="Author"> 8<author title="Author">
16 16
17<!-- The content of this document is licensed under the CC-BY-SA license --> 17<!-- The content of this document is licensed under the CC-BY-SA license -->
18<!-- See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5 --> 18<!-- See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5 -->
19<license/> 19<license/>
20 20
21<version>1.11</version> 21<version>1.12</version>
22<date>2007-12-30</date> 22<date>2008-02-24</date>
23 23
24<chapter> 24<chapter>
25<title>Introduction</title> 25<title>Introduction</title>
26<section> 26<section>
27<title>The Xfce desktop environment</title> 27<title>The Xfce desktop environment</title>
372</pre> 372</pre>
373 373
374<p> 374<p>
375We aren't quite finished yet. We have to pick a display manager and set the 375We aren't quite finished yet. We have to pick a display manager and set the
376appropriate variable. Though there are a few choices available in Portage, for 376appropriate variable. Though there are a few choices available in Portage, for
377this guide, we'll stick with two display manager options: <c>xdm</c> and 377this guide, we'll stick with <uri link="http://slim.berlios.de">SLiM</uri>, the
378<c>gdm</c>. 378Simple Login Manager.
379</p>
380
381<p> 379</p>
382<c>xdm</c> is speedy and lightweight, but it isn't pretty, and isn't really 380
383customizable. If you'd like to use it, first <c>emerge</c> it:
384</p> 381<p>
382<c>slim</c> is speedy and lightweight, with minimal dependencies. Perfect for
383Xfce!
384</p>
385 385
386<pre caption="Installing XDM"> 386<pre caption="Installing SLiM">
387# <i>emerge -avt xdm</i> 387# <i>emerge -avt slim</i>
388</pre> 388</pre>
389 389
390<p> 390<p>
391Then edit the DISPLAYMANAGER variable in <path>/etc/conf.d/xdm</path>: 391Then edit the DISPLAYMANAGER variable in <path>/etc/conf.d/xdm</path>:
392</p> 392</p>
393 393
394<pre caption="Editing /etc/conf.d/xdm"> 394<pre caption="Editing /etc/conf.d/xdm">
395DISPLAYMANAGER="xdm" 395DISPLAYMANAGER="slim"
396</pre> 396</pre>
397 397
398<p>
399<c>xdm</c> can automatically start your Xfce session if you add XSESSION="Xfce4"
400to <path>/etc/rc.conf</path>.
401</p> 398<p>
402 399SLiM can automatically start your Xfce session if you add
400<c>XSESSION="Xfce4"</c> to <path>/etc/rc.conf</path>.
403<p> 401</p>
404While you can choose to stick with (the rather ugly) <c>xdm</c>, why not try
405<c>gdm</c> instead? It's far more configurable, and much, much prettier. First,
406let's <c>emerge</c> it. Note that though it has a few dependencies, they're
407small, and they're not as nearly as numerous as other display managers.
408</p>
409
410<pre caption="Installing GDM">
411# <i>emerge -avt gdm</i>
412</pre>
413
414<p>
415Next, change the DISPLAYMANAGER variable to use <c>gdm</c> instead of
416<c>xdm</c>:
417</p>
418
419<pre caption="Editing /etc/conf.d/xdm">
420DISPLAYMANAGER="gdm"
421</pre>
422 402
423</body> 403</body>
424</section> 404</section>
425<section> 405<section>
426<title>Beautifying your desktop</title> 406<title>Beautifying your desktop</title>
446to be able to access themes and icon sets. Individual users can install themes 426to be able to access themes and icon sets. Individual users can install themes
447and icon sets to <path>~/.themes/</path> and <path>~/.icons/</path>. 427and icon sets to <path>~/.themes/</path> and <path>~/.icons/</path>.
448</p> 428</p>
449 429
450<p> 430<p>
451If you installed GDM as your display manager, take a look at the many GDM themes 431If you installed SLiM as your display manager, there are lots of themes in the
452available on <uri link="http://www.gnome-look.org">Gnome-Look</uri>. To install 432<c>slim-themes</c> package available in Portage. Also, be sure to check the SLiM
453them, you can either unpack and move them to 433<uri link="http://slim.berlios.de/themes01.php">themes page</uri> for more
454<path>/usr/share/gdm/themes/</path> on the command line, or you can run 434themes. Creating your own SLiM theme is fairly easy; just read the <uri
455<c>gdmsetup</c> as <b>root</b> and drag'n'drop the archive into the GDM window. 435link="http://slim.berlios.de/themes_howto.php">Themes HowTo</uri>.
456There are some <uri
457link="http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=45575">very nice</uri>
458Gentoo <uri
459link="http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=20071">themes</uri>
460available.
461</p> 436</p>
462 437
463<p> 438<p>
464Finally, Xfce has its own built-in compositor to manage window transparency. 439Finally, Xfce has its own built-in compositor to manage window transparency.
465This option can be found in Menu --> Settings --> Window Manager. For best 440This option can be found in Menu --> Settings --> Window Manager. For best

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