XFCE4 tips & tricks on Arch Linux

XFCE4 tips, tricks on Arch Linux

My default Desktop Environment on Arch Linux is XFCE4. It’s lightweight, fast and easy to use. I faced with many problem during working process, so I wrote them here to share how to fix it with you, hope they are useful and help you solve your issue.

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Arc Element Styles

Beautiful ARC GTK Theme for Linux

ARC GTK Theme is a flat theme with transparent elements for GTK 3, GTK 2 and Gnome-Shell. It has been successfully tested on wide range of Linux operating systems including Ubuntu 14.05, Arch Linux, Freya, Fedora 21 & 22, Debian 8.0, openSUSE 13.2 and many more.
With some selected parts of the window, like GTK Header Bars and the sidebar in Nautilus as the figure above. This looks like on OS X Yosemite, we got a style that is used sparingly and to great effect.
I’ve tested Arc theme then it works almost the same on Unity, GNOME, XFCE, Buggie, Pantheon, Cinnamon but the transparent effect only works on some specified app.

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XFCE4 Wallpaper display in Black and White

How to fix XFCE4 Black & White Wallpaper

After I switched some wallpapers manager apps I got the problem: XFCE4 Wallpaper only display in black and white. I have managed to fix the issue partially, by removing and reinstalling gdk-pixbuf and gdk-pixbuf2 – which I recall threw some errors during the system update. However, all custom (jpeg or png) wallpaper images are displayed in black and white once they are set as wallpaper.

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Paper Theme

Paper GTK Theme: A Beautiful Material Design Inspired

Paper is a modern GTK3 desktop theme suite. Its design is mostly flat with a minimal use of shadows for depth.
The theme looks pretty nice with traditional titlebar/menubar/toolbar applications, but it doesn’t compare with the experience it offers for header bars apps. Paper has been developed primarily for GNOME and other GTK3 desktops, legacy desktops will not have the same experience. Also, the GTK2 theme still needs some work. Here is theme preview application for GTK2

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With GNOME 3.12, you can now create custom folders to make finding things easier.

GNOME 3.12, The reasons you should upgrade your desktop

The GNOME Project has released GNOME 3.12 since March 26th, 2014 and it includes some important changes such as proper HiDPI support, improved Wayland support, various enhancements for the core GNOME applications.

Major features for this release include:

  • A significant update to the experience for finding and installing applications.
  • Major facelifts for the Videos and gedit applications.
  • Greater high-resolution display support.
  • Big updates for the Software and Web applications.
  • Improved start up times as well as more efficient resource usage.
  • A new application folders feature, which lets you organize your apps.

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