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How to Change From Manjaro Gnome to Xfce

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I first started out with Manjaro KDE and used it for a while before switching back to using Gnome (used Ubuntu 18.04.2 before).

However, when I first tried installing Gnome on my system, I could not remove KDE and it was a mess, and I had to reinstall the whole system.

I have installed Gnome and now I want to install XFCE.

I have searched and tried different methods. Although they suggested that I reinstall Manjaro again with the flavor I want.

But here is the recipe that worked for me.

The recipe of: Gnome to XFCE

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sudo pacman -Rsn gnome gnome-extra gdm

This will remove GNOME, GNOME software and the GDM login manager leaving you with only a command line interface. You can leave GDM installed if you want to use it as a display manager. This would make it easier.

If your removed GDM also disabled it with systemctl.

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sudo systemctl disable gdm

Run these commands while GNOME is not running from inside another TTY (CTRL+ALT+F1-12). Restart the system after doing this.

Then do:

sudo pacman -S xfce4 xfce4-goodies

to install XFCE4 and XFCE4 software.

If you removed GDM install and configure a display manager of your choice: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Display_manager#Graphical

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