Install Xfce 4.11 on Arch Linux

xfce_smWhile waiting for Xfce 4.12 to be developed and released, many users have taken to installing development version 4.11 on Linux. Even Xubuntu installs with 4.11 right out of the box. Xfce 4.12 was slated for release as of April 2013, but that time has come and gone. Obviously, the development team is still working on the desktop environment, but there’s no definitive date when 4.12 will be ready. In the meantime, you can follow these instructions to install version 4.11 on Arch Linux.

1. Add Additional Repository

If you are an avid Arch user, then it is already likely that yaourt is installed. However, if it is not, you can do the following:

Open a terminal window and type the following command:

sudo nano /etc/pacman.conf

Add the following to the repositories section:

SigLevel = Never
Server =$arch

2. Update Repository and Install Yaourt

Open up a terminal window and type the following.

sudo pacman -Sy yaourt

3. Install Xfce 4.11

Keep the terminal window open and enter the following:

yaourt -S libxfce4ui-devel garcon-devel xfwm4-devel xfce4-session-devel xfce4-panel-devel xfdesktop-devel xfce4-mixer-devel xfce4-settings-devel

You will be prompted several time to answer either yes or no during this process. If you are new to Arch Linux and yaourt, simply answer no [n] any prompt that asks you to edit the package build and yes [y] any prompt that asks you to continue building, replace the old package, or install a new one. It’s relatively straight forward.

When done, reboot your system and voila! You have Xfce 4.11 for your desktop environment on Arch Linux.

Side Note:

For future reference — and this applies for other AUR packages in addition to those from the core/extras repositories — you can us the following to update at any time:

yaourt -Syua

Alternatively, Pacman will preform the same function but will only update the core/extras.

sudo pacman -Syu

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  1. Nice manual for installing a more recent version of XFCE. Thanks! 🙂

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