Fedora 21 - Switching to LXDE

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Fedora 21 - Switching to LXDE

If you want to run Fedora 21 with minimal resources, this tip is for you! In this page you will learn how to change the desktop environment of Fedora 21 by switching to LXDE which is a far less greedy than Gnome 3.

Computer description:

  • AcerPower FG

  • Intel Celeron D 336 (Prescott-V, E0)
  • 2800 MHz (21.00x133.3) @ 2793 MHz (21.00x133.0)

Motherboard: ACER E915GVM
  • Chipset: Intel 915GV (Grantsdale-GV) + ICH6

  • 1024MB PC5300 DDR2-SDRAM - Corsair VS1GB667D2
  • 1024MB PC5300 DDR2-SDRAM - Corsair VS1GB667D2

  • MSI NX8600GT-E (MS-V088)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 512 MB DDR2 SDRAM

  • HDS728080PLA380, 80.4 GB, Serial ATA 3Gb/s

  • HL-DT-ST RW / DVD GCC-4522B, Combo CD-R Writer

  • Intel 82801FB ICH6 - High Definition Audio [B2]

  • Realtek Semiconductor RTL8169 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

OS (32 bits):
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional Build 2600 (Preloaded)
  • Dual Boot Linux - Fedora 21

Fedora LXDE live CD

There is a ready-made version of Fedora that integrates LXDE

Switching to LXDE

We will assume that Fedora is installed along with Gnome 3 and we'll switch to LXDE.
  • Open the terminal and type:

su -
  • Enter your password to switch to root (administrator):
  • Type

sudo yum install @lxde-desktop
  • Confirm the download: Tap on Y for Yes

Set LXDE as default desktop environment

  • Type the following command:

cd /etc/systemd/system; rm display-manager.service ;ln -s /usr/lib/systemd/system/lxdm.service display-manager.service
  • Reboot the computer.