Changing Desktop Manager in Debian Wheezy

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10 Nov 2014 23:43 #52992 by BigJohnT
I ran sudo apt-get update, do I just do sudo apt-get install lxde?

JT

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10 Nov 2014 23:53 - 10 Nov 2014 23:57 #52993 by ArcEye
Hi

Yes or just use synaptic, it is easier later to get rid of xfce

Once installed, log out and then check the session drop down now contains LXDE. Select that and log in.

If everything works OK, you can then go back into synaptic, put in xfce in the search box and then deselect everything already selected that relates to the window manager
(there are a couple of references that relate to other things, just check the summary and if unsure leave it)

Then reboot and you should have no session entry relating to xfce just LXDE

regards

EDIT. The golden rule is, install the new manager, make sure it works as you want THEN remove the old one.
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11 Nov 2014 00:42 #52994 by ArcEye
The menu editor for lxde is called lxmed and is here:-
lxmed.sourceforge.net/download.html

It should appear in the 'Preferences' menu once installed

This gives some info re configuring it to suit
sites.google.com/site/debianinstallnotes/lxde/set-up

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11 Nov 2014 03:45 #53000 by BigJohnT
When I log off and try and login with LXDE it want's a password but I've not set one for it. I can't even login to my XFCE with my password so I rebooted.

After XFCE loaded I got and Error GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.PolicyKit1.Error.Failed: An authentication agent already exists for the given subject.

JT

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11 Nov 2014 15:38 - 11 Nov 2014 16:48 #53007 by ArcEye

BigJohnT wrote: When I log off and try and login with LXDE it want's a password but I've not set one for it. I can't even login to my XFCE with my password so I rebooted.


I always use a password login, if you had it set for auto login, I imagine that does not persist across window managers.

If you can't log in even with the correct password you probably need to reset it

After XFCE loaded I got and Error GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.PolicyKit1.Error.Failed: An authentication agent already exists for the given subject.
JT


Caused probably by an interaction between the 2 installed wm's
I have never had it, but have never gone back to xfce after installing lxde.
This covers the error message and getting rid of it.

www.blackmoreops.com/2013/11/19/fix-gdbu...i-lmde-debian-linux/

I experimented with a few other WM's yesterday, but aside from iceWM, which still has a bug which prevents display of Qt5 apps, I still prefer lxde.

This is a chart of the relevant memory usage for all the main WM's





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11 Nov 2014 23:23 #53021 by BigJohnT
I feel pretty stupid about now... the login screen was asking for my user name then my password and I just typed in my password.

I like LXDE much better!

Thanks for putting up with me.

JT

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03 Dec 2014 10:03 #53628 by Blackwind
BJT, do you know mate desktop manager?
is a gnome 2 fork evolution, much like ubuntu 8.04 style.

to try it:
Mate desktop available in debian backports repositories.

Add this lines to /etc/apt/sources.list

# wheezy-backports
deb ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-backports main contrib non-free
deb-src ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-backports main contrib non-free

And run following commands:

apt-get update
apt-get install mate-desktop-environment-extras

After this actions you will have MATE Desktop Environmen 1.8.1
Currently it's latest stable release.
Enjoy!

more in:
wiki.debian.org/Mate

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03 Dec 2014 11:08 - 03 Dec 2014 11:08 #53631 by cmorley
Yes while I haven't tried LXDE, Mate is very nice so far.

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04 Dec 2014 01:34 #53647 by BigJohnT
I need to try mate as both I've tried so far are not very good for me.

JT

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29 Dec 2014 00:02 - 29 Dec 2014 00:09 #54337 by BigJohnT

Blackwind wrote: BJT, do you know mate desktop manager?
is a gnome 2 fork evolution, much like ubuntu 8.04 style.

to try it:
Mate desktop available in debian backports repositories.

Add this lines to /etc/apt/sources.list

# wheezy-backports
deb ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-backports main contrib non-free
deb-src ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-backports main contrib non-free

And run following commands:

apt-get update
apt-get install mate-desktop-environment-extras

After this actions you will have MATE Desktop Environmen 1.8.1
Currently it's latest stable release.
Enjoy!

more in:
wiki.debian.org/Mate


When I try sudo apt-get update I get:
john@debian:~$ sudo apt-get update
E: Malformed line 7 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list (URI parse)
E: The list of sources could not be read.

I found wheezy backports under dists and tried
deb ftp.us.debian.org/debian/dists/ wheezy-backports main contrib non-free
deb-src ftp.us.debian.org/debian/dists/ wheezy-backports main contrib non-free

and got the same error.

Edit: A little guessing and the following worked
deb http://http.debian.net/debian wheezy-backports main contrib non-free
deb-src http://http.debian.net/debian wheezy-backports main contrib non-free

JT
Last edit: 29 Dec 2014 00:09 by BigJohnT.

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