Alternative to x11/gnome3 ?

Carl Johnson carlj at
Fri May 4 03:48:36 UTC 2018

Victor Sudakov <vas at> writes:

> tech-lists wrote:
>> > 
>> > What alternative to x11/gnome3 can you advise? 
>> > 
>> > I would like a more lightweight desktop environment, however it MUST
>> > support switching between GUI users without logging out (like 
>> > Ubuntu or Windows).
>> > 
>> > I tried Mate but it does not seem to be able to switch between users
>> > without logging out (at least the display manager Mate comes with
>> > cannot do that).
>> > 
>> > Thanks in advance for any input.
>> > 
>> I use xdm with xfce4 for this.
> Could you please tell more about it. What packages you had to install
> besides x11/xfce, how you configured xdm and xfce4 to support user
> switching, how you start xfce4.

I haven't used it, but XFCE does have a 'switch user' button for the
panel.  It is part of the 'action buttons' panel addon, but appears to
be part of the basic install.  Those action buttons also include things
like lock screen, suspend, hibernate, etc.  Let me know if you need more

Carl Johnson		carlj at

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