An updated Xfce desktop with Twister UI

Spruced Up

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Article from Issue 259/2022

Twister UI modernizes the Xfce desktop, making it ideal for both new users and old hardware.

At 25 years of age, the Xfce desktop is a veritable dinosaur among Linux work environments. While this lean and fast desktop is still great when it comes to saving resources, visually, the Xfce interface is starting to show it age despite a couple of overhauls. In addition, Xfce has fallen behind KDE Plasma and Gnome in terms of configuration options. Twister UI [1] changes all that. Specially designed for Xfce, Twister UI visually enhances the Xfce desktop while showcasing the potential of this old-timer interface.


Twister UI is available for download from the Pi Labs project page [2]. The developers offer three binary packages: one for 32-bit hardware (Xubuntu/Linux Mint), and two for 64-bit environments (Xubuntu/Linux Mint and Manjaro Linux).

After downloading a package, you first need make sure that the operating system is up to date by calling the respective update manager. Then change to the Twister UI download directory and grant the downloaded file execute permission by typing:


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