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I have a fresh install of Ubuntu. I like Unity but when I'm doing "heavier" stuff, I like the speed of Xfce. I know there's other flavours such as Xubuntu that I could install, but I've noticed that other flavours (like Lubuntu) tend to be either washed out or not as stable, so I figured that I'd install Ubuntu and then switch desktops when I need to. Here's my question:

I've read about installing xfce4 and xubuntu-desktop and I was wondering what the differences were between them? Benefits? Risks?

Thanks!

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XFCE is only the desktop environment. xubuntu-desktop, on the other hand is XFCE + additional packages to improve the user experience.

Packages in xubuntu-desktop -

abiword abiword-common abiword-plugin-grammar abiword-plugin-mathview apt-offline blueman brltty-x11 catfish desktop-base exo-utils gigolo
gmusicbrowser gnome-desktop-data gnome-icon-theme-full gnome-system-tools gnome-themes-standard gnome-themes-standard-data gnumeric gnumeric-common gnumeric-doc gtk-theme-config gtk2-engines-pixbuf libabiword-3.0 libchamplain-0.12-0 libchamplain-gtk-0.12-0 libdigest-crc-perl libexo-1-0 libexo-common libexo-helpers libgarcon-1-0 libgarcon-common libgdome2-0
libgdome2-cpp-smart0c2a libgoffice-0.10-10 libgoffice-0.10-10-common
libgsf-1-114 libgsf-1-common libgstreamer-perl libgtk2-notify-perl
libgtk2-trayicon-perl libgtkmathview0c2a libgtksourceview2.0-0
libgtksourceview2.0-common libgtkspell0 libjpeg-progs libjpeg-turbo-progs libkeybinder0 liblink-grammar4 libloudmouth1-0 liboobs-1-5 libotr5 libots0 libsexy2 libtagc0 libthunarx-2-0 libtidy-0.99-0 libtumbler-1-0 libvte-common libvte9 libwv-1.2-4 libxfce4ui-1-0 libxfce4ui-2-0 libxfce4ui-common libxfce4ui-utils libxfce4util-bin libxfce4util-common libxfce4util6 libxfcegui4-4 libxfconf-0-2 light-locker light-locker-settings lightdm-gtk-greeter link-grammar-dictionaries-en menulibre mousepad mugshot orage parole pastebinit pidgin pidgin-data pidgin-libnotify pidgin-otr
plymouth-theme-xubuntu-logo plymouth-theme-xubuntu-text python3-pexpect python3-psutil ristretto shimmer-themes system-tools-backends thunar thunar-archive-plugin thunar-data thunar-media-tags-plugin thunar-volman tumbler tumbler-common xbrlapi xchat xchat-common xchat-indicator xfburn xfce4-appfinder xfce4-cpugraph-plugin xfce4-dict xfce4-indicator-plugin
xfce4-mailwatch-plugin xfce4-netload-plugin xfce4-notes xfce4-notes-plugin xfce4-notifyd xfce4-panel xfce4-places-plugin xfce4-power-manager xfce4-power-manager-data xfce4-quicklauncher-plugin xfce4-screenshooter xfce4-session xfce4-settings xfce4-systemload-plugin xfce4-taskmanager
xfce4-terminal xfce4-verve-plugin xfce4-volumed xfce4-weather-plugin
xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin xfce4-xkb-plugin xfconf xfdesktop4 xfdesktop4-data xfwm4 xscreensaver xscreensaver-data xubuntu-artwork xubuntu-community-wallpapers xubuntu-default-settings xubuntu-desktop xubuntu-docs xubuntu-icon-theme xubuntu-wallpapers

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  • Great answer! Thanks! Question, though: would installing the full deal in any way mess up my current desktop?
    – Adam
    Nov 21, 2014 at 0:02

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