Review of freshly installed Fedora 38 Xfce Desktop

After the tutorial on how to install Fedora 38 Xfce Desktop this tutorial is mainly to see what to expect from a freshly installed Fedora 36 Xfce Desktop – the look and feel of the new Xfce GUI (Xfce version – 4.18). The Fedora 38 Xfce Desktop is part of Fedora spins –
Here you can find out how to install it – Install Fedora 38 Xfce Desktop.
The idea of this article is to see what to expect from Fedora 38 Xfce – the look and feel of the GUI, the default installed programs, and their look and how to do some basic steps with them. Here you’ll find more than 170 screenshots and not so many texts we do not want to turn this review of many texts and version information and 3 meaningless screenshots, which you could not see anything for the user interface because these days it is the primary goal of a Desktop system. You can expect more of this kind of review in the future.
This article is the first part of reviewing the Fedora 36 Xfce Desktop. The second article contains Xfce Settings screenshots that are coming soon.

Xfce is a collection of programs that provides a features-rich desktop environment.

Here are some core elements:

  • Window Manager (xfwm4) – Handles the placement of windows on the screen.
  • Panel (xfce4-panel) – Provides a home for window buttons, launchers, app menu and more.
  • Desktop Manager (xfdesktop) – Sets desktop backgrounds, handles icons and more.
  • File Manager (thunar) – Manages your files in a modern, easy-to-use and fast way.
  • Volume Manager (thunar-volman) – Manages removable drives and media for Thunar.
  • Session Manager (xfce4-session) – Saves and restores your session, handles startup, autostart and shutdown.
  • Setting System (xfce4-settings) – Configures appearance, display, keyboard, and mouse settings.
  • Application Finder (xfce4-appfinder) – Quickly finds and launches applications installed on your system
  • Settings Daemon (xfconf) – Stores your settings in a D-Bus-based configuration system.
  • A Menu Library (garcon) – Implements a compliant menu based on GLib and GIO.
  • Thumbnails Services (tumbler) – Implements the thumbnails management D-Bus specification.

Fedora 38 Xfce screenshots

SCREENSHOT 1) Fedora (6.2.9-300.fc38.x86_64) 38 (Xfce)

main menu
grub 2 entry boot

SCREENSHOT 2) Loading with Fedora logo.

The system is starting and the services are starting in the background. Hitting the “ESC” key will show the console output of starting services.

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loading logo

SCREENSHOT 3) Select the user and enter its password to log in.

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Xfce login screen

SCREENSHOT 4) Xfce desktop overview with two panels – on the middle bottom and on the top with the “Applications” button.

The Applications button will show the main menu of the Xfce with all GUI applications installed on the system. There are 4 “screens” called workspaces in Xfce and a pager to switch to one of them is located near the clock and notification on the top panel.

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Xfce desktop overview

SCREENSHOT 5) The user context menu – shortcuts for “Lock Screen”, “Switch User”, “Suspend”, “Shut Down” and “Log Out…”.

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user context menu

SCREENSHOT 6) The calendar next to the clock

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Calendar next to the clock

SCREENSHOT 7) Notifications are sent by various GUI applications.

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SCREENSHOT 8) The volume control.

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volume control

SCREENSHOT 9) The network connections icon offers management for Wired and Wi-Fi Networks.

It shows all the available network adapters and VPNs with a short list of Wi-Fi networks in range.

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network connections

SCREENSHOT 10) The power management of all the devices.

The keyboard reports its battery levels. All devices will appear here if they support battery levels reporting.

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power management icon

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