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Desktop environments & utilities

Overview

Desktops

Desktop Utilities

How do I run DietPi-Software and install optimised software items?

To install any of the DietPi optimised software items listed below run from the command line:

dietpi-software

Choose Browse Software and select one or more items. Finally select Install.
DietPi will do all the necessary steps to install and start these software items.

DietPi-Software menu screenshot

To see all the DietPi configurations options, review the DietPi Tools section.

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LXDE

LXDE is highly optimised and ultra lightweight desktop. It works well with computers on the low end of the performance spectrum such as new generation netbooks and small computers, or older resource-constrained machines.

LXDE screenshot

After installation, desktop can be run by typing

startx

To start different programs when the system boots, run from the command line:

dietpi-autostart

To see all the DietPi configurations options, review DietPi Tools section.


Website: https://www.lxde.org
Official documentation: https://wiki.lxde.org/en/Main_Page

LXQt

Optimised lightweight desktop without the bloatware. Slick and fluid GUI, however, more resource heavy than LXDE.

LXQt screenshot

Source: LXQt, CC BY-SA 3.0, wikimedia.

After installation, desktop can be run by typing

startx

To start different programs when the system boots, run from the command line:

dietpi-autostart

To see all the DietPi configurations options, review DietPi Tools section.


Official documentation: https://wiki.debian.org/LXQt

MATE

Popular Gnome2 based desktop environment.

MATE screenshot

After installation, desktop can be run by typing

startx

To start different programs when the system boots, run from the command line:

dietpi-autostart

To see all the DietPi configurations options, review DietPi Tools section.


Website: https://mate-desktop.org

Xfce

Xfce screenshot

After installation, desktop can be run by typing

startx

To start different programs when the system boots, run from the command line:

dietpi-autostart

To see all the DietPi configurations options, review DietPi Tools section.


Website: https://wiki.debian.org/Xfce

GNUstep

GNUstep screenshot

After installation, desktop can be run by typing

startx

To start different programs when the system boots, run from the command line:

dietpi-autostart

To see all the DietPi configurations options, review DietPi Tools section.


Website: http://gnustep.org

Desktop utilities

Chromium

Does my device support GPU acceleration?

Not all devices support GPU acceleration with Chromium.

  • RPis supports native OpenGL and will be configured during installation.
  • Odroids support OpenGLES and will be configured during installation.
  • Other devices will most likely be limited to software rendering.

Where can I check the status of GPU acceleration?

Once Chromium is running, simply go to the following address:

Enable support for Widevine DRM protected content on RPi

Chromium screenshot

GIMP

MS Paint on steroids. If you need to edit pixels with a vast number of tools, GIMP is the only program you’ll need.

GIMP screenshot


Website: https://www.gimp.org

QuiteRSS

QuiteRSS is a open-source cross-platform RSS / Atom news feeds reader, with the main idea to be fast and comfortable to the end-user.

QuiteRSS screenshot

Xfce Power Manager

Enables laptop users to set up a power profile for two different modes on battery power and on AC Power while still allowing desktop users to at least change the DPMS settings and CPU frequency using the settings dialogue.

Xfce Power Manager screenshot

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