Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Xfce is a wonderful mid-sized desktop environment for those that want some customization without excessive system overhead. Xfce began life in 1996 as a simple clone of CDE, but has since progressed along side contemporaries such as KDE and GNOME. Some might even think of Xfce as a compromise between the highly customizable KDE and the higher performing GNOME. It was very popular in lighter Linux distributions for a time, and is still commonly included as alternative choice. For a while an easy one- (or two-) click installer was available that downloaded the individual packages, compiled them, and installed Xfce for you. But no more. Today the developers released version 4.8 with some new goodies and a bit of an updated look, but with no convenient installer.
Where has the Xfce installer gone? Interested users are forced to compile 16 individual packages, which is a bit of a hassle these days and times and not achievable for some, or resort to using their distribution's packages if they are lucky enough to use a distro that provides them.