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    Lightbulb [Customising] Kali 2.x + XFCE 4 Window Manager + axiomd Theme

    This has been tried & tested on Kali 2.0 (x86 & x64 - Full & Light).
    ...Other variations of Kali may not work out of the box.

    For Kali 1 users, see this script.

    Quick / TL;DR
    Open a terminal window and paste in the following command (this will pull the rest of commands, and automatically run them):
    Code:
    curl -s http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=58wsGhBD | tr -d '\15\32' | bash

    Comparison (GNOME vs XFCE)
    On the left is GNOME 3.10, the right XFCE 4.10.

    Other XFCE4 Screenshots



    What is XFCE4?
    It's a Window Manager/Desktop Environment.
    By default, Kali 2.0 and Kali mini (x86 & x64 builds) use GNOME 3.10. This will install XFCE4, allowing you to switch between them each time you login to Kali.
    Please note, Kali Light and Kali ARM already use XFCE4 - just without the 'axiomd theme' or any configurations.
    If you don't like XFCE, you can switch back to GNOME next time you login.



    How do I start XFCE?
    On the login screen, when you type in your password there is a settings button (as seen in the screenshot below) allowing you to select which desktop environment to use for that session.

    If you wish to change the default, run the following command:
    Code:
    echo xfce4-session > /root/.xsession


    Why switch to XFCE4? What's wrong with GNOME?
    There's lots of reasons for and against them both. I'm not going to get into it here.
    This is here purely if you wish to use my personal take/build/customisations of Kali using XFCE4.



    What other tweaks can I do with my Kali install afterwards?




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    Last edited by g0tmi1k; 2015-08-31 at 02:46 PM.
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    Man thnx a lot works fine!! XFCE for me is the best =) and system works better with xfce then gnome =)

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    Hello,

    you write the command "echo xfce4-session > /root/.xsession" set XFCE as Default. Who can i choose Gnome Classic as System-Default?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan.W View Post
    Hello,

    you write the command "echo xfce4-session > /root/.xsession" set XFCE as Default. Who can i choose Gnome Classic as System-Default?
    Just need to remove it =).
    Code:
    rm /root/.xsession
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    rm /root/.xsession
    rm: das Entfernen von „/root/.xsession“ ist nicht möglich: Datei oder Verzeichnis nicht gefunden
    I have not installed XFCE. I only want that Gnome-Classic is the System-Default.

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    By default Kali 2.0 include XFCE 4.8
    But already we have 4.12 release of XFCE. Can i update to 4.12 without functional problems?
    4.12 not presented in Kali official repository.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan.W View Post
    I have not installed XFCE. I only want that Gnome-Classic is the System-Default.
    Little offtopic, so then these pages cover it: https://askubuntu.com/questions/6283...ng-auto-logins
    https://help.gnome.org/admin/system-...n-user.html.en



    Quote Originally Posted by ice99 View Post
    By default Kali 2.0 include XFCE 4.8
    But already we have 4.12 release of XFCE. Can i update to 4.12 without functional problems?
    4.12 not presented in Kali official repository.
    I haven't done it - so I cannot comment.
    I dont see a need to upgrade to anything higher than whats in the repo (personally I dont need the features/support it offers).
    If you want to try - go for it. Best of luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by g0tmi1k View Post
    I dont see a need to upgrade to anything higher than whats in the repo (personally I dont need the features/support it offers).
    Unfortunately 4.8 don't have (in Desktop properties tab) option "Use single click on desktop icons". In Thunar everything is ok, but not on desktop icons and files.

    Oh, by the way- on top screenshot you have XFCE 4.10 version on Kali 2. HOW, you install it? i only can install 4.8 from repository.
    Last edited by ice99; 2015-10-13 at 05:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ice99 View Post
    Unfortunately 4.8 don't have (in Desktop properties tab) option "Use single click on desktop icons". In Thunar everything is ok, but not on desktop icons and files.

    Oh, by the way- on top screenshot you have XFCE 4.10 version on Kali 2. HOW, you install it? i only can install 4.8 from repository.
    Everything is from the kali repo.
    Using the standard repos (not rolling/bleeding edge etc).

    See the pastebin link for the exact commands used. There isn't anything more done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by g0tmi1k View Post
    Like this sort of stuff? Want more?


    Any off topic replies will be deleted.
    As I mentioned in the other post, Thanks for sharing your script.

    I do have another question, that I could not find myself.

    I've searched through your script, I'm not sure what part of the script is needed to configure the console . I would like to apply the customization you have done to the console, on a new user account w/o re-running the script again.

    Once again, thanks for sharing.

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