How to Install Xubuntu From Ubuntu


As with all Linux distributions, Ubuntu users can select the desktop environment, or graphical interface, the system will use. By default, Ubuntu comes with GNOME. While this is is compatible with most applications, some users prefer a faster desktop environment that uses fewer system resources. One of these is XFCE, and Ubuntu systems that run it are referred to a "Xubuntu." Installing Xubuntu from Ubuntu is simple.

  • Open the terminal emulator. Find a shortcut to it by clicking the main menu in the top-left corner. Select the "Accessories" sub-menu. Click "Terminal."

  • Type "sudo apt-get xubuntu-desktop" in the terminal. Enter your password when the terminal asks you to do so, and type "y" or "yes" to agree to install all the component packages.

  • Type "sudo reboot" in the terminal after the installation completes itself to restart the computer.

  • Click "Options" on the login screen after the system loads. Choose "Select session" from the pop-up menu.

  • Select "XFCE" from the second menu . Login as normal. Your sessions will load in the XFCE desktop environment until you choose otherwise.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can resume using the GNOME desktop environment for any of your future sessions by re-selecting "GNOME" from the "Select session" menu at the login screen. Your preferences for both desktop environments will be saved.
  • You can uninstall the Xubuntu packages by using the command "sudo apt-get remove xubuntu-desktop" in the terminal emulator.


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