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Thread: Kali Linux 2.0 Change to XFCE Desktop procedure confirmation.

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    Kali Linux 2.0 Change to XFCE Desktop procedure confirmation.

    Hello All,

    I'm still new to Linux, and very, very new to Kali Linux 2.0, wanting to learn more about security & testing.
    I just want to confirm the steps for changing from Gnome to Xfce, I have read items on here, and Googled.

    Running Kali Linux 2.0 new install & updated a few days ago. Everything appears working fine.
    I just want to confirm steps.?

    I looked at this thread

    The command at the very top of the page:
    curl -s | tr -d '\15\32' | bash
    Do I need to run this first..??

    Next, Then I found various command to install xfce:
    apt-get install kali-defaults kali-root-login desktop-base xfce4 xfce4-places-plugin xfce4-goodies
    Is this the correct list of items to install xfce..??

    I also saw references to updating "repos", but no examples, do I need to add anything to what I have now..??
    ## Regular repositories
    deb sana main non-free contrib  
    deb sana/updates main contrib non-free  
    ## Source repositories
    deb-src sana main non-free contrib  
    deb-src sana/updates main contrib non-free

    Many Thanks for any help...

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    If you look at the thread and open the pastebin in a a new tab, you will see it contains all the apt-get commands to install xfce4
    so the answer is, just the first command.

    And if you want to switch to xfce4 then open a terminal and

    echo xfce4-session > /root/.xsession

    Its not recommended as a distribution if you're a beginner as you are running as root
    but is ideal if you want to learn about security and testing your own LAN and network.

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    Thanks for the quick response.
    The install ran without errors, but have 2 anomalies compared to Gnome.

    The volume Up/Down controls on F7/F8 do not work, also the speaker icon in top panel shows a RED x, if you hover over it, there is a message: "No valid device and/or element"
    The audio is actually working if I open a youtube video, audio plays, and can adjust audio with the youtube volume control.

    The Brightness Up/Down controls on F2/F3 keys do not work.

    The above are working in Gnome.

    I need to do some research/googling

    Many Thanks...

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    Have a look at these threads on the Ubuntu forum:

    Ubuntu takes it base from Debian so solutions might work if you install amixer and do the keybindings.
    Brightness may not work reason is that Gnome3 is a complete desktop environment whereas xfce4 is
    a linux window manager.

    Labtop brightness is controlled by the kernels ACPI module, you may be able to get this working with
    Xorg if your laptop has an intel_backlight which is what i had to do on my Acer 5734Z laptop.

    Post the output of:

    ls /sys/class/backlight

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