Dedicated or supported distributions for Xfce

I have seen several articles of this type on the net, where they show us the 10 Lighter distributions, Or the 10 Distributions with LXDE default, already my dear Desktop Environment (Xfce), some of them also pay a lot of attention to it. So I show you where we can find it by default.

Xfce-based distributions

Fedora Spin Xfce

The spin of Fedora Xfce it is a live CD that is also installable that shows the desktop environment Xfce with a mix of high productivity applications. I haven't tried it, but coming from Fedora, It must be great.


Xubuntu is a distribution GNU / Linux based on Ubuntu. Although it was initially thought of as the "Light" version of Ubuntu, currently it is not exactly a very light distribution.

Zenwalk [Recommended for older PCs]

Zenwalk is an operating system based on Slackware. The purpose of Zenwalk is to be light and fast with only one application per task combined with the desktop XfceZenwalk has the latest technology Linuxalong with a comprehensive development environment and libraries to provide an ideal platform for application developers.

Dreamlinux [Recommended for Xfce Environments]

Dreamlinux is a modern and modular system GNU / Linux They can run directly on a CD / DVD / USB and can optionally install on a hard drive (IDE, SCSI, SATA, PATA and USB Drive). Personally I really like the aesthetics in the appearance of this distro.

VectorLinux [Recommended for older PCs]

Speed, Performance, Stability - these are the attributes it sets VectorLinux among Linux distributions. The creators of VectorLinux I had only one creed: keep it simple, keep it small and let the end user decide what their Operating system. What has evolved from this concept is perhaps the best little Linux operating system available anywhere.

Wolvix GNU / Linux

Wolvix is a desk oriented to GNU / Linux based on Slackware. It has the desktop environment Xfce and a full selection of development, graphics, multimedia, network and office applications. It is primarily aimed at home users and strives to provide a balance between daily computing tasks, creativity, work, and fun.

Kate OS

Kate OS is a distribution GNU / Linux polish. It is a lightweight binary distribution with Xfce as the default desktop environment.

Salix OS

Salix is a Linux distribution based on Slackware which is simple, fast and easy to use. Salix is also fully compatible with Slackware, so users of Slackware can benefit from the repositories of Salix, which they can use as a source of "extra" quality software for their favorite distribution. Like a bonsai, Salix it is small, light and the product of infinite care.

Live-CD distributions

SAM Linux Desktop

SAM Linux Desktop is a LiveCD It contains a complete Linux desktop operating system. You don't have to install it on your hard drive, it runs entirely from your CD drive and RAM.


PureOSlight is a LiveCD based on Debian (Debian testing) for French speaking users. It is built with Linux-Live scripts from Tomas Matejicek (Slax).

Distributions with Support for Xfce

Debian [Recommended for Xfce Environments]

Debian is one of the most famous distributions, used as a base by many other distributions. It is known for its stability, its performance and the wide variety of applications available. He Debian Xfce group takes care of the Xfce integration into Debian to provide a pleasant user experience.


Easy to test. Easy to install. Easy to use. Xfce it is of course available, easy to install and configure.


OpenSUSE is a free Linux-based operating system for your PC, laptop or server. You can surf the Internet, manage your e-mails and photos, do office work, play videos or music and have a lot of fun!

Arch Linux [Recommended for Xfce Environments]

Arch Linux it is a simple, agile and light. Arch Linux requires a certain level of intimate knowledge of your setup and UNIX-like system methodology.


The official launch of the Slackware Linux is an advanced Linux operating system, designed with the dual objective of ease of use and stability of your highest priorities. Including the latest software, maintaining a sense of tradition, providing simplicity and ease of use along with flexibility and power, Slackware brings the best of all worlds to the table.


Gentoo is a special flavor of Linux that can be automatically optimized and customized for any application or need. Excellent performance, configurability, and a top-notch user and developer community are hallmarks of the experience. Gentoo. 

Lunar Linux [Highly Recommended for Xfce Environments]

Lunar Linux is a source code based distribution. Although there is no native desktop environment for Lunar, it has excellent support for Xfce, mainly due to the fact that a couple of Xfce developers are also Lunar developers. Another notable point: all Xfce servers are running Lunar Linux!


The project OpenBSD also has support for Xfce.

Source: Xfce.

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  1.   Courage said

    And OpenSUSE?

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      I think you should definitely wear glasses .. Look between Mandriva and Arch ¬¬

      1.    Courage said

        I mean XFCE-based, OpenSUSE comes standard XFCE on the DVD

        1.    Oscar said

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          1.    Courage said

            Possibly it is that today I have not left home all day

  2.   Josh said

    A very good article, I am attracted to Archlinux and Debian testing with xfce, but I find the first one too tedious and the second I don't know how to install the package manager. Xfce is a good environment but it is not as light as before, at least it is what they have told me. Do you know when the migration to gtk3 will be done?

    1.    Courage said

      Nothing tedious, do not believe everything they say out there

    2.    elav <° Linux said

      What do you mean by not knowing how to install the Package Manager? Xfce will be ported to Gtk3 for version 4.12 or 4.14 ..

      1.    Josh said

        I mean installing the synaptic package manager, because when I installed Debian Testing xfce I didn't find it anywhere or maybe I didn't look for it enough.

        1.    Oscar said

          # aptitude update
          # aptitude install synaptic

          and you will have the package manager installed.

          1.    Josh said

            Thanks for your help. I was trying to install it with apt-get.

  3.   Eduar2 said

    Eh leave the propaganda in the forum 😀

    1.    Oscar said

      elav has the solution to that problem.

  4.   nonamed said

    I installed debian (when stable was lenny) and there was no option anywhere to choose the environment, gnome was installed by default

    Right now I don't know how it will be, if you can choose in the installation it would be perfect

    1.    Oscar said

      Debian has a CD with LXDE and XFCE, and another CD with KDE and also the first DVD has the four desktops, Gnome, KDE, XFCE and LXDE and when starting the installation you choose the one you want.

      1.    nonamed said

        may be, I was referring to the netinst, are there netinst versions with any of those?

        1.    Oscar said

          With netinstall you install nothing but the base system, uncheck the desktop environment and when you restart you must install the desktop you want by console.

  5.   Chango said

    Hold on SalixOS! For those of you who ever wanted to use Slackware + xfce but were not encouraged by ho, it is a distro that points to the desktop, which more than one will love. It applies a "proprietary" variant of the KISS principle called "one application per task", resulting in a fairly organized, fast xfce desktop with a selection of programs and tools needed for each task, all on one CD. It makes life easier for novices and average users by including a series of gtk + applications to handle system tools and services (configuration files, peripherals, daemons, languages, slackbuilds, etc.) Although it does not use the 4.8 version of xfce (follows with 4.6.2, used by Slackware), it is still by far very fast compared to a kde or gnome install, and the system boot is a light. Enjoy it!

  6.   Ozcar said

    The only one I have used is Xubuntu, and what the article notes is true, it is not exactly light anymore, I tried it looking for performance and low resource consumption, but it was not like that. A pity, it has a very neat appearance.

    On the other hand, Salix caught my attention, it seems interesting, and more if it is not as complex to install and use as Slack, let's see if I can test it.

    Very good info. 😀

    1.    Chango said

      Hello Ozcar, the problem is not that xfce itself, but that the xubuntu base (that is Ubuntu) is very heavy, because it has a lot of services, programs and things that can be dispensed with installed. SalixOs is something else, and it would be great if you try this little brother of slack. Note that I forgot in the previous comment, and that is that salix has dependency support (as happens in debian's apt-get) as long as it is the salix and slackware repositories, for third-party repositories not. In the case of slackbuilds (scripts to build custom packages for slackware), salix has its own application called Sourcery, which also supports dependencies. This distro installs in text mode with ncurses like debian and slackware, very easily. Those who want to install in graphic mode can download the LiveCD, which is currently in Release Candidate 1 version, but is usable for such purposes. Bye!