Armbian (Orange feet): install an XFCE desktop delivery server [Exclusive Guide]

1:51 pm January 11, 201715461

in the previous tutorial, we saw how to prepare a light system Armbian for an Orange Pi. For this, we were left the server version which for no graphical desktop. That’s enough for projects of connected objects, perform a surveillance IP camera… In this tutorial, we will see how to upgrade a server version installed in the previous tutorial to add the XFCE graphical desktop (light also).

for this tutorial, I used an Orange Pi Lite (WiFi version) with a 8 GB SD card but this tutorial applies to any Linux environment.

in some cases (or some mini card), a graphical environment migration may not work. If you still have no functional project on your SD card, the best is directly re – install the Desktop version that is suitable for your mini PC. Indeed, there may be problems with some GPU it is however possible to uninstall the installed packages by running these two commands successively:


so let’s install the XFCE desktop ( official website ). If you are not logged as root, change user

and then we start the installation of the XFCE desktop and dependencies

restart (sudo reboot) or manually start the office with the command startxfce4 .

after the launch you get directly to a connection window. Sign in as usual. Now you have a graphical desktop on your Orange Pi. This is the same office that is used for the Desktop version of the distribution Armbian . She is simply installed in its default configuration with the minimum of pre-installed software (mail, browser Client).

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