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Desktop environments & utilities

Overview

Desktops

Desktop Utilities

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

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

dietpi-software

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

DietPi software

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

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LXDE

LXDE is highly optimized 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.

DietPi LXDE

After installation, desktop can be run by typing

startx

To start different programs when the SBC starts, 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

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

DietPi LXQt

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

After installation, desktop can be run by typing

startx

Using dietpi-autostart you can have DietPi boot directly to the desktop.


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

MATE

Popular Gnome2 based desktop environment.

DietPi LXDE

After installation, desktop can be run by typing

startx

Using dietpi-autostart you can have DietPi boot directly to the desktop


Website: https://mate-desktop.org

Xfce

DietPi Xfce

After installation, desktop can be run by typing

startx

Using dietpi-autostart you can have DietPi boot directly to the desktop


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

GNUstep

DietPi GNUstep

After installation, desktop can be run by typing

startx

Using dietpi-autostart you can have DietPi boot directly to the desktop


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

DietPi Chromium

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.

DietPi GIMP


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.

DietPi QuiteRSS

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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