How to make Xfce Desktop available at startup

Hi and thanks for reading,

I’m running Clear Linux OS / build 41760 / Gnome Version 46.
I installed the xfce4-desktop bundle with this command line: sudo swupd bundle-add xfce4-desktop

Now I would just like to know how to make the choice possible at the login screen between Gnome and Xfce because only Gnome is present at reboot.

Thank You.

Use the gear button, or if you want a greeter :

Install lightdm :

sudo swupd bundle-add lightdm

Open the config file :

sudo nano /usr/share/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d

Under the “Seat:” section add :


Reboot your system.

There is a gear icon on the login screen at the bottom right, click on it then on Xfce then enter your password and you’ll be using Xfce desktop

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Yes, you don’t need to remove or replace gdm by lightdm

I came up with lightdm as the greeter configuration is a bit easier than in gdm :

Probably, but It isn’t needed if you only want to install an XFCE desktop, hehe.

I and thanks for the help. I don’t see a “gear icon” at my login screen (Lenovo IdeaPad 3).
Also, lightdm.conf doesn’t exist after install of lightdm following your “code”.

Maybe I should shoot myself in the head?

Try :

sudo nano /usr/share/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d

The result = Empty screen on my terminal.
Maybe I’m on the wrong planet.
Thanks for the help.

You mean that existentially or in an escapist manner ?

For GDM you can try adding this entry to /etc/gdm/custom.conf with this line:


Restart the GDM service

sudo systemctl restart gdm.service

This is because XFCE does not support Wayland full yet.

Because it xfce session exists in /usr/share/xsessions/xfce.desktop

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