Xubuntu: let's look again at the distro!

Xubuntu is a GNU / Linux distribution derived from Ubuntu, which uses a very simple and lightweight graphical environment perfect for resuscitating old PCs obtaining excellent performances.

Xfce (the graphical environment of Xubuntu) is well done, with a lot of substance and few frills: it implements most of the functions present in Gnome (ubuntu graphical environment) requiring less resources, the only flaw if so we want to define it is the aspect not just the latest cry but in this guide we will see how to get a modern and powerful desktop in a few minutes.

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TRANSPARENCY OF PANELS

To make the top panel transparent: right click anywhere in the panel and in the drop-down menu that appears, select "Panel -> Panel preferences"A window will open from which we will select the tab"appearance"; now we set the general opacity level, opacity in focus (when the panel is selected by the mouse) and opacity not in focus.

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to customize the dock at the bottom, the procedure is very similar: just right-click on a free area of ​​the panel and select "panel preferences”And the same window will appear again where to insert the various values ​​of opacity, in the tab "display"We can define the height of the dock by changing the option"size" and the lunghezza; if we have reduced the length and want to center the dock we remove the check from "block panel" and we can move it anywhere on our desktop by dragging it from the "side handles".

CHANGE THEME TO THE WINDOWS

go to "Menu -> Settings -> Settings manager"Select"appearance"And we choose the style, in the example the style was applied"Bluebird";

now always from the settings control center we select "Window Manager"And here we also choose the style: in the example the style is applied"Albatross"

To set the transparency of the windows and also of the popup menus including the main menu go as usual in "Settings manager" and click "Adjusting the window manager”And in the tab“Composer"Change the opacity levels of the various items as we see fit

SHOW THE MINIATURES ON THE DESK

by default Xubuntu does not enable the display of thumbnails of images on the desktop, the solution is very simple: “Menu -> Settings -> Settings manager"And select"Desk”And in the tab“icon"Check"show miniatures"

REMOVE THE BACKGROUND OF THE DESK ICONS

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to delete the caption background of each desktop icon we need to create a text file in our "Home" and rename it to ".gtkrc-2.0”And inside it copy the following code:

style "xfdesktop-icon-view" {
XfdesktopIconView :: label-alpha = 10
base [NORMAL] = "#000000"
base [SELECTED] = "#71B9FF"
base [ACTIVE] = "#71FFAD"
fg [NORMAL] = "#ffffff"
fg [SELECTED] = "#71B9FF"
fg [ACTIVE] = "#71FFAD"}
widget_class "* XfdesktopIconView *" style "xfdesktop-icon-view"

now just reboot or just logout to appreciate the results.

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