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XFCE Desktop (base)

Published by Balazs Kutil
Based on openSUSE 11.3 64-bit x86

A barebone XFCE4 Desktop based on openSUSE 11.3. Step-by-step how-to on creating this appliance is available on author’s web page and is also posted on susestudio blog .

How-to on replacing XDM with Slim login manager is available here

There is also a 32bit version

And openSUSE 11.4 version


  • 0.0.3 – Additional image formats available.
  • 0.0.2 – Replaced XDM with slim login manager, added XFCE4 pattern.
  • 0.0.1 – Initial release, XDM + XFCE4 with minimal set of packages, pango fonts fix.


  • Remove unneccessary packages to make appliance smaller
  • More XFCE4 tweaks / packages / plugins
  • ? Add custom apps to build complete desktop
  • ? Theming


Downloaded 55 times Cloned 181 times

Downloads are no longer available for this appliance, as it is based on an OS version that we no longer support.

You can clone the appliance, then upgrade and build with a current OS version.

Release notes

0.0.3 – Additional image formats available.


1 dependency removed
1 new dependency
3 new files
Build configuration updated


Technical Details

Appliance configuration

Basic settings

Keyboard: english-us
Time zone: Europe/Berlin
Language: en_US.UTF-8
Network: dhcp
Firewall: enabled


3 patterns, 330 packages
View package list…

Security summary


Everyone's comments

Chinmay JoshiChinmay Joshi,

Thanks for the tutorial. Just made light weight customized server.

I’ll soon make it public, but before that – I want to know – how do you customize the login screen and other stuff. I don’t want BUILD WITH SUSE STUDIO banner anywhere.

Thanks again for wonderful tutorial.

Balazs KutilBalazs Kutil,

Hey! Thanks for the kind words :) AFAIK, the online version of studio does not allow you to remove the branding, but maybe you could try searching the forums for some unofficial way…

Bryan LundukeBryan Lunduke,

Defaulting to XFCE seems to break if this appliance is cloned and upgraded to openSUSE 11.4 (it defaults back to icewm). Which is a bummer. Any ideas what might be causing that?

Balazs KutilBalazs Kutil,

I created a new one for 11.4. Problem with direct upgrade was, that the appliance still missed a few important packages. I also removed the twm.desktop from /usr/share/xsessions, so slim does not pick it up and switched to upstream (more basic) theming. Feel free to ping me if you need any more changes – or if you publish your updated version.

Mark Raymond Jr.Mark Raymond Jr.,

Do you think you could make this a 32-bit appliance?

Balazs KutilBalazs Kutil,

Sure, no problem. I’ll try to release it during this weekend.

Mark Raymond Jr.Mark Raymond Jr.,

Thanks, I’ve tried making one using the tutorial on the blog, but it just doesn’t seem to work.

And just one more question, how would I go about changing the text at the login manager?

Mark Raymond Jr.Mark Raymond Jr.,

Nevermind! I’ve successfully built a 32-bit edition. Thank you, this is exactly what I’ve been looking for, something really lightweight.

Mark Raymond Jr.Mark Raymond Jr.,

Nevermind, could you make one..? I’m sorry, I made mine, but the windows have no close, minimize or maximize controls..

Balazs KutilBalazs Kutil,

Hrm, that should work, I’ll have a look, too. What problems did you encounter?

For text displayed in slim, try looking at /etc/slim.conf…

Mark Raymond Jr.Mark Raymond Jr.,

I got the the maximize controls working! Everything works, thank you!

David AdamsonDavid Adamson,

Thanks this is exactly what I’ve been looking for.

Balazs KutilBalazs Kutil,

I’m glad it’s useful for you :)


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