Changing Desktop Enviroments

Hi! I’m wondering how to change my desktop environment from GNOME to XFCE. I also wish to keep my current user account and data. My reason for changing is theme issues and liking XFCE looks and feels.
Sorry if this is the wrong place to put it.

Output of inxi -v7azy
[thommomc@thommo-pc ~]$ inxi -v7azy
System:
  Kernel: 5.15.48-1-MANJARO arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 12.1.0
    parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.15-x86_64
    root=UUID=26ff2066-79b1-48e3-ba6a-b0d85b3c12cc rw quiet
    udev.log_priority=3
  Desktop: GNOME v: 42.2 tk: GTK v: 3.24.34 wm: gnome-shell dm: GDM v: 42.0
    Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux
Machine:
  Type: Laptop System: Dell product: G3 3579 v: N/A
    serial: <superuser required> Chassis: type: 10 serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: Dell model: 0JYXHN v: A00 serial: <superuser required> UEFI: Dell
    v: 1.17.0 date: 09/03/2021
Battery:
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 28.3 Wh (100.0%) condition: 28.3/56.0 Wh (50.6%)
    volts: 16.7 min: 15.2 model: Samsung SDI DELL W7NKD97 type: Li-ion
    serial: <filter> status: full
Memory:
  RAM: total: 15.49 GiB used: 1.82 GiB (11.7%)
  RAM Report:
    missing: Required tool dmidecode not installed. Check --recommends
CPU:
  Info: model: Intel Core i5-8300H bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Coffee Lake
    gen: core 8 built: 2018 process: Intel 14nm family: 6 model-id: 0x9E (158)
    stepping: 0xA (10) microcode: 0xEA
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 4 tpc: 2 threads: 8 smt: enabled cache:
    L1: 256 KiB desc: d-4x32 KiB; i-4x32 KiB L2: 1024 KiB desc: 4x256 KiB
    L3: 8 MiB desc: 1x8 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 800 min/max: 800/4000 scaling: driver: intel_pstate
    governor: powersave cores: 1: 800 2: 800 3: 800 4: 800 5: 800 6: 800 7: 800
    8: 800 bogomips: 36812
  Flags: 3dnowprefetch abm acpi adx aes aperfmperf apic arat arch_perfmon
    art avx avx2 bmi1 bmi2 bts clflush clflushopt cmov constant_tsc cpuid
    cpuid_fault cx16 cx8 de ds_cpl dtes64 dtherm dts epb ept ept_ad erms est
    f16c flexpriority flush_l1d fma fpu fsgsbase fxsr ht hwp hwp_act_window
    hwp_epp hwp_notify ibpb ibrs ida intel_pt invpcid invpcid_single lahf_lm
    lm mca mce md_clear mmx monitor movbe mpx msr mtrr nonstop_tsc nopl nx pae
    pat pbe pcid pclmulqdq pdcm pdpe1gb pebs pge pln pni popcnt pse pse36 pti
    pts rdrand rdseed rdtscp rep_good sdbg sep smap smep ss ssbd sse sse2
    sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 stibp syscall tm tm2 tpr_shadow tsc tsc_adjust
    tsc_deadline_timer vme vmx vnmi vpid x2apic xgetbv1 xsave xsavec xsaveopt
    xsaves xtopology xtpr
  Vulnerabilities:
  Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
  Type: l1tf
    mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT vulnerable
  Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
  Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
  Type: mmio_stale_data mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
  Type: spec_store_bypass
    mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp
  Type: spectre_v1
    mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Retpolines, IBPB: conditional, IBRS_FW,
    STIBP: conditional, RSB filling
  Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Graphics:
  Device-1: Intel CoffeeLake-H GT2 [UHD Graphics 630] vendor: Dell
    driver: i915 v: kernel arch: Gen9.5 process: Intel 14nm built: 2016-20
    ports: active: none off: eDP-1 empty: DP-1, DP-2, HDMI-A-1, HDMI-A-2
    bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:3e9b class-ID: 0300
  Device-2: NVIDIA GP107M [GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile] vendor: Dell
    driver: nvidia v: 515.48.07 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm non-free: 515.xx+
    status: current (as of 2022-06) arch: Pascal process: TSMC 16nm
    built: 2016-21 pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 8 link-max: gen: 3
    speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16 ports: active: none off: HDMI-A-3 empty: none
    bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1c8c class-ID: 0302
  Device-3: Sunplus Innovation Integrated_Webcam_HD type: USB
    driver: uvcvideo bus-ID: 1-5:4 chip-ID: 1bcf:28c1 class-ID: 0e02
  Display: x11 server: X.org v: 1.21.1.3 with: Xwayland v: 22.1.2
    compositor: gnome-shell driver: X: loaded: modesetting,nvidia
    gpu: i915,nvidia,nvidia-nvswitch display-ID: :1 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-size: <missing: xdpyinfo>
  Monitor-1: HDMI-A-3 mapped: HDMI-0 note: disabled pos: primary
    model: AOC 24G2W1G4 serial: <filter> built: 2021 res: 1920x1080 dpi: 93
    gamma: 1.2 size: 527x296mm (20.75x11.65") diag: 604mm (23.8") ratio: 16:9
    modes: max: 1920x1080 min: 640x480
  Monitor-2: eDP-1 mapped: eDP-1-1 note: disabled
    model: ChiMei InnoLux 0x15f4 built: 2017 res: 1920x1080 dpi: 142 gamma: 1.2
    size: 344x193mm (13.54x7.6") diag: 394mm (15.5") ratio: 16:9
    modes: 1920x1080
  OpenGL: renderer: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti/PCIe/SSE2
    v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 515.48.07 direct render: Yes
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel Cannon Lake PCH cAVS vendor: Dell driver: snd_hda_intel
    v: kernel alternate: snd_soc_skl,snd_sof_pci_intel_cnl bus-ID: 00:1f.3
    chip-ID: 8086:a348 class-ID: 0403
  Device-2: NVIDIA GP107GL High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
    v: kernel pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 8 link-max: lanes: 16
    bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:0fb9 class-ID: 0403
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.15.48-1-MANJARO running: yes
  Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.21 running: no
  Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 16.0 running: yes
  Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.52 running: no
Network:
  Device-1: Intel Cannon Lake PCH CNVi WiFi driver: iwlwifi v: kernel
    bus-ID: 00:14.3 chip-ID: 8086:a370 class-ID: 0280
  IF: wlo1 state: up mac: <filter>
  IP v4: <filter> type: dynamic noprefixroute scope: global
    broadcast: <filter>
  IP v6: <filter> type: noprefixroute scope: link
  Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
    vendor: Dell driver: r8168 v: 8.049.02-NAPI modules: r8169 pcie: gen: 1
    speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: 3000 bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168
    class-ID: 0200
  IF: enp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
  WAN IP: <filter>
Bluetooth:
  Device-1: Intel Bluetooth 9460/9560 Jefferson Peak (JfP) type: USB
    driver: btusb v: 0.8 bus-ID: 1-14:6 chip-ID: 8087:0aaa class-ID: e001
  Report: rfkill ID: hci0 rfk-id: 1 state: up address: see --recommends
Logical:
  Message: No logical block device data found.
RAID:
  Message: No RAID data found.
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 1.82 TiB used: 217.9 GiB (11.7%)
  SMART Message: Required tool smartctl not installed. Check --recommends
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Crucial model: CT1000P2SSD8
    size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 31.6 Gb/s
    lanes: 4 type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: P2CR033 temp: 21.9 C scheme: GPT
  ID-2: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Toshiba model: MQ04ABF100
    size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 6.0 Gb/s
    type: HDD rpm: 5400 serial: <filter> rev: 0D scheme: GPT
  Message: No optical or floppy data found.
Partition:
  ID-1: / raw-size: 923.01 GiB size: 907.45 GiB (98.31%)
    used: 217.9 GiB (24.0%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p3 maj-min: 259:3
    label: N/A uuid: 26ff2066-79b1-48e3-ba6a-b0d85b3c12cc
Swap:
  Kernel: swappiness: 60 (default) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
  ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 8 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: -2
    dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2 label: N/A
    uuid: 3272a2af-6c47-41f1-a907-77dc85c73359
Unmounted:
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1p1 maj-min: 259:1 size: 512 MiB fs: vfat label: N/A
    uuid: 9E46-F60B
  ID-2: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1 size: 745.25 GiB fs: ext4 label: Storage
    uuid: ffe29364-dc47-48b8-a85e-bd5ac0aa1fd4
  ID-3: /dev/sda2 maj-min: 8:2 size: 16 MiB fs: <superuser required>
    label: N/A uuid: N/A
  ID-4: /dev/sda3 maj-min: 8:3 size: 185.88 GiB fs: ntfs label: Windoze
    uuid: 7B61A3C528284DF6
  ID-5: /dev/sda4 maj-min: 8:4 size: 380 MiB fs: ntfs label: N/A
    uuid: 0AB14D740174E48B
USB:
  Hub-1: 1-0:1 info: Hi-speed hub with single TT ports: 16 rev: 2.0
    speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900
  Device-1: 1-1:2 info: Lenovo Legion K300 RGB Gaming Keyboard
    type: Keyboard,HID driver: hid-generic,usbhid interfaces: 4 rev: 1.1
    speed: 12 Mb/s power: 100mA chip-ID: 17ef:60f0 class-ID: 0300
  Device-2: 1-3:3 info: Lenovo Legion M300 RGB Gaming Mouse
    type: Mouse,Keyboard,HID driver: hid-generic,usbhid interfaces: 3 rev: 2.0
    speed: 12 Mb/s power: 400mA chip-ID: 17ef:60e4 class-ID: 0300
  Device-3: 1-5:4 info: Sunplus Innovation Integrated_Webcam_HD type: Video
    driver: uvcvideo interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s power: 500mA
    chip-ID: 1bcf:28c1 class-ID: 0e02
  Device-4: 1-6:5 info: Realtek RTS5129 Card Reader Controller
    type: <vendor specific> driver: rtsx_usb,rtsx_usb_ms,rtsx_usb_sdmmc
    interfaces: 1 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s power: 500mA chip-ID: 0bda:0129
    class-ID: ff00 serial: <filter>
  Device-5: 1-14:6 info: Intel Bluetooth 9460/9560 Jefferson Peak (JfP)
    type: Bluetooth driver: btusb interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s
    power: 100mA chip-ID: 8087:0aaa class-ID: e001
  Hub-2: 2-0:1 info: Super-speed hub ports: 8 rev: 3.1 speed: 10 Gb/s
    chip-ID: 1d6b:0003 class-ID: 0900
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 43.0 C pch: 38.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia
    temp: 43 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Info:
  Processes: 228 Uptime: 5m wakeups: 1 Init: systemd v: 251 default: graphical
  tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 12.1.0 clang: 13.0.1 Packages: pacman: 985
  lib: 318 Shell: Bash v: 5.1.16 running-in: gnome-terminal inxi: 3.3.19

I have managed to install XFCE with no hiccups but I am wondering how to get the custom panel setup. Any help will be appreciated.

After you have solved your own problem, you now post an entirely independent question in the same thread, that is against good practice and you should avoid it.

As for the panel setup in xfce, that depends on what you want it to do. You can add additional panels under properties, and define their position and content there.

I think the fastest way is to:

  • install manjaro-xfce-settings (or manjaro-xfce-minimal-settings if you want to customize afterwards)
  • delete ~/.config/xfce4/
  • reboot

I think the situation is this:

he had Gnome - now he has (and wants to use) Xfce

But he’s got the default look of it
not the Manjaro themed one.

In this case the solution is:
copy from /etc/skel the xfce related files to the same place inside your $HOME directory
because that will not happen by itself and when you switch desktop environments
but just when you create a new user account
(or maybe not even then by default - don’t know from experience)

@ThommoMC You’ll have to do this (easy) task by yourself.

recoursively copy /etc/skel/.config/xfce4
to
~/.config/xfce4 (which is your user account)

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I didn’t know about that, I haven’t used the forum in a while. I will try to avoid doing it in the future.