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I installed mint-meta-xfce package on an existing Cinnamon installation but it doesn't look anything like a standalone installation of Linux Mint 15 Xfce. It appears to be using the default Xfce settings.

Is there a better procedure to install xfce to get the Mint eye-candy?

Linux Mint 15 Xfce installation:

Linux Mint 15 Xfce

Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon installation after adding mint-meta-xfce:

Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon plus mint-meta-xfce

$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list
# deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu raring-getdeb apps games


$ ls /etc/apt/sources.list.d
local-repository.list official-package-repositories.list


$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/local-repository.list
#deb file:///usr/share/local-repository binary/


$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list
# Do not edit this file manually, use Software Sources instead.

deb http://packages.linuxmint.com olivia main upstream import  #id:linuxmint_main

deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu raring main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu raring-updates main restricted universe multiverse

deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ raring-security main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ raring partner
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Could you show us the contents of local-repository.list and official-package-repositories.list?It looks like you are missing some repositories. – terdon Sep 22 '13 at 15:34
Did you try to mv /home/liv/.config/xfce4/ /home/liv/.config/xfce4-bak then apt-get purge mint-meta-xfce and apt-get install mint-meta-xfce? Maybe the issue is that when you first ran Xfce the Mint eye-candy configs weren't present, and that after you ran it once it used the defaults and stuck to that. – landroni Jan 22 '14 at 16:15

Well, it's not clear what "Mint eye-candy" exactly you're after, and I don't know how to restore exact Linux Mint 15 Xfce settings into an existing Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon installation. But you can at least do the following.

In an existing Linux Mint 15 Xfce installation look into:

  • Settings > Appearance > Style (looks similar to Bluebird)
  • Settings > Appearance > Icons (but I'd bet a leg that it's Faenza)
  • Settings > Appearance > Fonts
  • Settings > WM > Style (looks similar to greybird)
  • Settings > WM > Style then hide Menu and Shade buttons in Button layout

Then replicate those settings into an existing Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon installation. This may be an ugly hack, but it's a 2min job and you get a desktop much closer to what you'd prefer.

As for the panel, it needs only minor modifications (remove the bottom panel, change some plugin positions, add some new items, place the top panel at the bottom, etc.). And the desktop, I guess it suffices to Settings > Desktop > Icons and uncheck Home, FS, Trash.

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