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wasta-xfce-layout: XFCE Desktop Layout Settings Utility

What is it?

wasta-xfce-layout is a simple utility for changing the layout of the panel (taskbar) and other items of the desktop interface in the lightweight XFCE interface.  Different preset layout configurations have been added to wasta-xfce-layout to provide different user experiences for XFCE.

How do I use it?

Here is a screenshot of the wasta-xfce-layout dialog:

wasta-xfce-layout

Simply select the desired layout and click OK. You will then be prompted for whether or not to enable 'compositing.' Enabling compositing is recommended for most users, as it enables "shadows" around windows and other artifacts that improve the user experience. However it does use slightly more resources so if you need the fastest possible machine, keep compositing disabled.

enable-compositing

Below are descriptions and screenshots of the various wasta-xfce-layout options:

Default

The 'default' option of wasta-xfce-layout does not use any 3rd party "panel applets" to ensure that there are no stability issues.

Notable items include:

  • The bottom panel and Main Menu are similar to Windows XP / 7
  • Application windows are not grouped
wasta-xfce-layout-default

Redmond7

The 'redmond7' layout is meant to match Windows 7's interface more closely than the default layout.

Notable differences compared to the 'default' layout include:

  • Application windows are grouped together, with small triangles indicating the number of running windows for each application.
  • The bottom panel is slightly taller in order to give larger panel icons
  • NOTE: window previews would require 'compiz' so are not possible at this time
wasta-layout-redmond7
xfce4-dockbarx-plugin

Cupertino

The 'cupertino' layout is meant to loosely match Apple's macOS / OSX interface.

Notable differences compared to the 'default' layout include:
  • The panel is placed at the top
  • A semi-transparent 'dock' is placed at the bottom: it will hide automatically when windows are placed over it
  • "Window Buttons" are moved to the left side rather than the default right side
  • A "Global App Menu", which integrates the application menu into the top panel, is used to save vertical space
wasta-xfce-layout-cupertino

Unity

The 'unity' layout is inspired by Ubuntu's Unity interface, which was Ubuntu's default from 2011 through 2017.

Notable differences compared to the 'default' layout include:

  • The panel is placed at the top
  • A non-hiding sem-transparent 'dock' is placed on the left side
  • The Main Menu is the top item in the dock
  • A shutdown menu is in the top right under the user's name
  • "Window Buttons" are moved to the left side rather than the default right side
  • A "Global App Menu", which integrates the application menu into the top panel, is used to save vertical space


Installing wasta-xfce-layout in Wasta-Linux 18.04

Wasta-xfce-layout has been developed for Wasta-Linux 18.04(+), but the XFCE lightweight desktop environment is not installed by default in Wasta-Linux 18.04(+). Users that want to add it to their existing Wasta-Linux Cinnamon installation can install the wasta-xfce-bionic package from the Wasta-Linux PPA in order to add the lightweight XFCE desktop environment and wasta-xfce-layout to their system.

Questions or comments?

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