Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Prefatory Statement

In Episode 119 of Third World Linux, I was gushing over Lubuntu with the XFCE Panel, the Whisker Menu, the indicator plugin, Numix themes and the arc theme.

Caveat: I realise it's probably better to get a minimal Ubuntu install and build up from there (i.e., install openbox, xfce4-menu, etc...), but I like some of the LXDE tools and I'm too lazy to track down the individual packages.

Also, this isn't really intended as a tutorial for the wider world but rather as a bit of documentation for myself so that I can replicate what I did the next time I nuke and pave a machine. 

Here we go.

XFCE Panel, Whisker Menu, Indicator Plugin

After installing Lubuntu, here's what we begin with

Install the whisker menu and indicator plugin (it pulls down the XFCE panel as a dependency):

 sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin xfce4-indicator-plugin 

The config file to edit your Lubuntu session is  /home/yourUser/.config/lxsession/Lubuntu/desktop.conf

Find the line that says:

and change it to:

Restart your computer.

You should end up with something that looks like this

I'm not gonna get into how to configure the panel itself but the long and short of it is that I started with the default config, put the panel on the bottom, yanked out the default XFCE menu and replaced it with the Whisker menu, and added the indicator plugin.

When configuring the Whisker Menu, change the log out command to lxsession-logout to get the logout button to work.

Numix and the Arc Theme

Add the Numix repository

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:numix/ppa

Update and install the Arc Theme, Numix Theme, and Numix Icons.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install arc-theme numix-blue-gtk-theme numix-icon-theme-square

Open up "Customize Look and Feel". Use Arc for the Widget, Numix Square for the icon theme, and Numix Blue for Window Border. 

Hit apply and you should be done.