Bridge Linux, like Arch Linux follows a rolling release model meaning users are not required to reinstall to receive all of the latest updates. Although several desktop versions are available Xfce seems to be the unofficial figurehead for the Bridge Linux project.
If you are ready to cross the Rubicon and not look back perhaps it is time to install Bridge Linux. If you are finally ready to take a leap into the unknown then here we go.
Ready To Install Bridge Linux?
Waste no time, simply download one of the many LiveCD’s that are available from the website. When ready simply click install Bridge Linux after you arrive at the Live desktop. This will launch a convenient Arch Linux installer that you may have seen before.
Users can simply follow the onscreen checklist to finish the installation. You will first need to setup the time and date and prepare your partitions. You can then install the base system, and set your basic configuration. The final step is to install the boot loader, preferably on every existing HDD. You can then reboot your system.
I am happy to note that the installation went forward without any problems to speak of. The overall speed of the installation was also satisfactory. You should also note the readme file on the desktop which also contains several post installation tips.
LXDM has only recently replaced LightDM as the default login manager for the Xfce version only. The reason for this I am actually unsure of.
Bridge Linux 2012 Xfce Desktop
I was shocked to see the sleek customization tweaks that have been given to the Xfce desktop. With the latest round of Xfce updates many long-awaited features have finally been added.
Xfce 4.10 Updates
You will first notice the Xfce 4 panel in all its new-found glory. Xfwm 4 is also utilized to power all the desktop effects, and stylish window decorations. Thunar also appears to now be responsible for many of the desktop management tasks, Xfdesktop appears to be getting slowly phased out.
I myself have never been happier with Xfce, all of the new features give the desktop a real facelift. The whole desktop is extremely responsive, and things are really designed for efficiency. It’s nice to be back in the embracing arms of the Xfce desktop.
Bridge Linux 2012 Xfce Menus
The menu can be found on the left side of the top menu bar. This menu is provided by a convenient panel applet that can be moved around or configured as needed.
Main Menu Details
From the main menu you can launch all of your installed tools and applications. You can also run custom commands or find applications using the new and improved Xfce4-appfinder.
Alternative desktop Menu
You can find an alternative menu with many similar items by right clicking on the desktop background. This menu also offers several desktop management shortcuts which seem to be controlled by Thunar. But all of the same launchers from the panel applet menu are still available as well. From the menus you can also find all of your system settings.
Users will find a menu editor included in the system settings area which is also helpful. With this tool you can add any missing launchers or custom commands to your menus at any time. Unwanted items can also be removed from your menus. These features appear to be offered by the LXMed tool, also known as the LXDE menu editor.
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