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Improving Fedora 9 Xfce spin

There are a number of changes being considered for the Xfce spin (Live CD) for Fedora 9. I have filed a few bugs and there has been progress in fixing some of the issues in rawhide. Everything I am evaluating and keeping track of is available at:

If you have any comments on any of these ideas, feel free to edit the wiki or post your comments here. I can’t promise everything you suggest will be implemented but I will promise that everything that is suggested will be carefully considered.


Written by mether

February 21, 2008 at 7:12 pm

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    I have seen several other live CDs now that include the full suite while maintaining a sub-700MB footprint. Is there any way that the Fedora live CDs could include OOo using the current authoring methods? I see so many other distros that have it packed on there somehow, and we’re left with the (lightweight, nice, but less functional) GNOME Office applications. Is there any way OOo could be packed into a 700MB Fedora live CD?


    Gideon Mayhak


    February 21, 2008 at 8:43 pm

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      Atleast for the Fedora Xfce spin, I have no intention to include as this variant is meant to be light weight. The reason why the other Live CD’s don’t include it is because we have choosen to support all the locales we can instead of just including and excluding many useful software packages.

      You can however create your own live cd and fit into a live CD. Feel free to use my kickstart files at as a basis as the majority of them including it.


      February 21, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    • We have a lot of Free Software alternatives, but because there are so many, they usually remain at a low level of features, as Free Software developers are a limited resource.


      July 11, 2008 at 2:22 am

  2. One more thing

    I obviously can’t add comments on, so I’ll write it here: there is one more distro where the XFCE logout dialog was hacked!

    Mandriva’s unofficial XFCE 2008 spin has 3 added buttons for Hibernate, Suspend and Switch user!

    I can’t tell about the regular XFCE packages in Mandriva 2008, but I suppose they’re hacked there too — so we could look into the sources for the relevant diffs.

    Thank you for your interest in an XFCE Fedora spin! Will it be official with F9?


    March 5, 2008 at 9:49 am

    • One more thing

      Have seen it on OpenSuSE 11 with XFCE also… 6 buttons.. wahhh 😛


      June 25, 2008 at 6:45 pm

  3. Make and some more

    I have been using Fedora 8 with XFCE. Must say it is pretty good set-up, but I missed some little things that could VERY WELL fit on a CD:

    make! When compiling a package instead of using RPM, it is not possible for Fedora 8 XFCE spin to use the command make. A download of make is necessary to use the command. Ofcourse this is a small thing, but still!

    Furthermore: integrating Compiz? And what also be a very handy tool to use is a Bluetooth program.

    Keep up the good work! Fedora with XFCE works great! Very nice to use and pretty fast for a simple Live-CD for debugging or whatsoever.

    Kind regards!

    Johan ten Hove


    June 12, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    • Re: Make and some more

      Make and friends are deliberately left out. Xfce spin is specifically targeted for desktop users.


      June 12, 2008 at 8:07 pm

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