The “Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment” is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment:


aptitutde install --without-recommends \
lxde lxlauncher gdm openbox-themes xserver-xorg-video-intel \



In my Dell 640m I have a synaptic touchpad which didn't had all its capabilities enabled right after the installation. What I did:

read the http://wiki.debian.org/SynapticsTouchpad stuff and create the appropriate config file:

sudo mkdir /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d
sudo touch /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/synaptic.conf
Section "InputClass"
        Identifier      "Touchpad"                      # required
        MatchIsTouchpad "yes"                           # required
        Driver          "synaptics"                     # required
        Option          "MinSpeed"              "0.5"
        Option          "MaxSpeed"              "1.0"
        Option          "AccelFactor"           "0.075"
        Option          "TapButton1"            "1"
        Option          "TapButton2"            "2"     # multitouch
        Option          "TapButton3"            "3"     # multitouch
        Option          "VertTwoFingerScroll"   "1"     # multitouch
        Option          "HorizTwoFingerScroll"  "1"     # multitouch
        Option          "VertEdgeScroll"        "1"
        Option          "CoastingSpeed"         "8"
        Option          "CornerCoasting"        "1"
        Option          "CircularScrolling"     "1"
        Option          "CircScrollTrigger"     "7"
        Option          "EdgeMotionUseAlways"   "1"
        Option          "LBCornerButton"        "8"     # browser "back" btn
        Option          "RBCornerButton"        "9"     # browser "forward" btn

Logging out of LXDE and logging in again brought the real touchy experience :-)

lxterminal - change geometry

Changing the geometry of lxterminal via edit→preferneces isn't possible. A workaround could be to edit ~/.config/openbox/lxde-rc.xml and add the following to the config file (search for “</keyboard>” and insert above):

   <!-- lxterminal -->
    <keybind key="C-A-T">
    <action name="Execute"> 
    <command>lxterminal --geometry=120x40 </command> 

This will introduce a new keyboard shortcut: <control><alt><T> to open lxterminal. Remember, this will NOT change the menu entry of lxterminal and ONLY work with the keyboard shortcut!

Afterwards, force openbox to reload its configuration:

openbox --reconfigure


To activate the WLAN, I first had to install the appropriate firmware:

0c:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection (rev 02)
aptitude install firmware-iwlwifi
echo "options iwlegacy bt_coex_active=N" | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/iwlegacy.conf

add applications

iceweasel aka firefox

Howto install a current version of iceweasel (aka firefox)
See http://mozilla.debian.net/

echo "deb http://backports.debian.org/debian-backports squeeze-backports main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
echo "deb http://mozilla.debian.net/ squeeze-backports iceweasel-release" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
apt-get update
apt-get install pkg-mozilla-archive-keyring
apt-get update
apt-get install -t squeeze-backports iceweasel
# add the german language pack:
apt-get install iceweasel-l10n-de


Download truecrypt from its homepage (http://www.truecrypt.org). Install fuse-utils via apt-get, then the truecrypt installer.


Keepass 2 is available in Sid (wheezy). To use it with squeeze the following steps are necessary:

aptitude install mono-runtime libmono-winforms2.0-cil libmono-system-runtime2.0-cil 

Download the “Portable Keepass (zip) Package”, unzip the package and run keepass 2 with the following command:

mono keepass2.exe

sound control

To install the missing sound control:

aptitude install alsa-base xfce4-mixer
linux/lxde.txt · Last modified: 2014-07 by tb
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