Everytime I boot up Xubuntu, I get the question, XFCE session or Xubuntu session, what are the actual differences?

  • I think OP's question relates to finding the Xfce session choice within a vanilla Xubuntu installation.
    – user25656
    May 17, 2013 at 10:33
  • vasa, no I know where it is, the differences with the options. May 17, 2013 at 11:32
  • Possible duplicate? askubuntu.com/questions/91380/…
    – fossfreedom
    May 17, 2013 at 14:17
  • foss, it isn't. May 18, 2013 at 2:36

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XFCE sessions offers a vanilla default XFCE layout (wallpaper, theme etc.) and Xubuntu session a personalized one. Menu are also slightly different. A suggestion : try both of them!

XFCE session:


Xubuntu session:


  • I never had that... May 17, 2013 at 11:33
  • @BaileyRowland What you mean? May 17, 2013 at 11:34
  • I just logged off from Kubuntu session and into KCFE session, It looks just like Kubuntu session. NO changes in anything i can see. May 17, 2013 at 11:37
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    Why are you now talking about Kubuntu and KCFE (whatever that is) ???
    – user25656
    May 17, 2013 at 11:45
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    OMG oops! xubuntu! Confused me. May 18, 2013 at 2:35

Xfce is available on other distros outside of Ubuntu. There are no major "apparent" differences aside from branding options. However using Xubuntu implies the ubuntu core files and packages are standard. You could run Xubuntu with different file managers etc but essentially then you are really just modifying XFCE.

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