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To start the installation of the Debian packages, add the following two lines to the file /etc/apt/sources.list on your system:
deb http://www.os-works.com/debian testing main
deb-src http://www.os-works.com/debian testing main
You'll have to update your package cache afterwards, using the command (as user root):
This may take some time dependeing on your bandwidth.
Now, if you want to install the whole Xfld desktop - including the Terminal emulator, the ROX file manager, the Xfmedia media player and several additional panel plugins - you should run the command
apt-get install -t testing xfld-desktop
as user root. This will download all required packages and install them on your computer. The parameter -t testing should not be needed in most cases, but it doesn't hurt either. It tells apt-get to use packages from the testing release - which is the release name we use for our repository - even if your system defaults to another release (e.g. unstable). See this introduction to APT Pinning for further details on how to manage multiple APT sources. For example, if you are using Debian unstable (aka sid), you may need to add the following lines to the file /etc/apt/preferences/ (create the file if its not already present on your system) to ensure that you will actually install Xfce 4.2 and not Xfce 4.0 from Debian unstable:
Pin: origin www.os-works.com
These three lines will make sure that APT assigns a higher priority to the Xfce 4.2, when installing or upgrading software on your system. Once you have added these lines, you don't need to use the -t testing option to apt-get any longer.
In case you want to use only the core components of the Xfce 4.2 Desktop Environment, the command
apt-get install -t testing xfce4
will install the window manager, session manager, panel, file manager and the various utilities that ship with Xfce, but not the additional software that completes the Xfld Desktop.
If you have Xfce 4.0.x currently installed on your system, you can try to upgrade to the Xfce 4.2 packages using the command
If you have trouble upgrading from the Xfce packages in the official Debian repository, you could try to uninstall the official packages first:
apt-get remove libxfce4util-1
will remove all Xfce packages from your system. Afterwards, you should retry with the installation as described above.