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Using KDE or Xfce instead of the GNOME desktop

posted Dec 21, 2009, 2:05 AM by Thiyagaraaj M   [ updated Dec 21, 2009, 2:06 AM ]

By default Ubuntu comes with the GNOME desktop, which is a popular free desktop software package with a focus on ease of use. Other desktop environments exist which provide different types of user experience.

This topic provides instructions on how to install and use a desktop other than the default GNOME desktop, such as KDE or Xfce.

Installing a KDE desktop

KDE is a popular, fully-featured desktop environment. Kubuntu is a version of Ubuntu which uses the KDE desktop.

To install and use KDE:

  1. Install the kubuntu-desktop package.

  2. Click the User Switcher in the top right hand corner of the screen and then press Log out to log out of Ubuntu

  3. At the log-in screen which appears, press OptionsSelect Session...

  4. Choose the KDE option and press Change Session

  5. Enter your username and password as normal. KDE should then start.

Installing an Xfce desktop

Xfce is a desktop environment which is designed to be fast and lightweight. Xubuntu is a version of Ubuntu which uses the Xfce desktop.

To install and use Xfce:

  1. Install the xubuntu-desktop package.

  2. Click the User Switcher in the top right hand corner of the screen and then press Log out to log out of Ubuntu

  3. At the log-in screen which appears, press OptionsSelect Session...

  4. Choose the Xfce option and press Change Session

  5. Enter your username and password as normal. Xfce should then start.


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