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xfce4 doesn't seem to work
Can anyone get xfce to work perfectly on Tinker OS? I have tried xfce once on Armbian and I don't want to go back to lxde on Debian (Tinker OS).

I have tried to change the window manager of tinker os to xfce and didn't find much result from it. I have studied another post thread (xfce4 on Tinker Os by qaplus) and from other forums (but with other os's). I can't seem to make it work normally. Here are my findings that require compromises to work:

0. Prerequisites
-how to get it work in general
sudo apt install xfce4
sudo update-alternatives --config x-session-manager
and then select Xfce-session from the list

For Tinker OS, it will likely work without showing the desktop, everything works but you can't use wallpaper or add any desktop shortcuts. This leaves you a gray background of nothing.

1. Methods I have tried:

a. Using Openbox session to turn on xfce4
method:"startxfce4 &" in the autostart script located in ~/.config/openbox
results: the desktop environment is workable but the window manager is from openbox, which means you can't snap windows.

b. Changing desktop.conf in lxde
method:in  ~/.config/lxsession/desktop.conf --> change windows manager to xfwm4, start with lxsession
results: the windows manager is from xfce, but the panels are still lxde, snapping works but it does not look good and looks "crash-y"

c. [DANGEROUS] Please do not do this
apt-get purge --remove xserver-common

sudo apt-get install xserver-common xserver-xorg-core xserver-xorg-input-libinput xserver-xorg-input-evdev xserver-xorg-input-synaptics
This allows xfce to run natively, but the GPU acceleration is gone in chromium and likely everything else. I am not that fluent in linux but I believe this might have to do with the GPU driver.

Lastly, do you guys have any recommendation of desktop environment that would work on the tinker board?
I can confirm mate works, but I don't think it is as simple as xfce in terms of the settings and design.
> Can anyone get xfce to work perfectly on Tinker OS?
1st download option is the only one where acceleration works with

or other variants with modern kernel.

or a lot of work.

> but the GPU acceleration is gone in chromium
> I am not that fluent in linux

This is hard for experienced hackers.
Armbian. Lightweight Debian Stretch or Ubuntu Bionic for Tinker Board.

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