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January 30, 2007

Howto: switch from Ubuntu to Kubuntu or Xubuntu or Edubuntu or vice versa (6.10 edgy)

Filed under: Kubuntu, Tuxicity, Ubuntu, xubuntu — tuxicity @ 1:54 pm

Wrong desktop environment :-s

I recently installed Ubuntu6.10 with the Kubuntu6.10 install cd,
Why ? I did not feel like downloading the Ubuntu iso while having the Kubuntu cd ready for usage.
After a successful install of Kubuntu its easy to revert to Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

When it asks what dm to use; kdm or gdm; select gdm… continue…
When done its time to remove the Kubuntu packages;

sudo apt-get remove kubuntu-desktop kubuntu-artwork-usplash

It wil remove some of the Kubuntu packages and with autoremove the rest of the Kubuntu packages kan be removed now;

sudo apt-get autoremove

When done reboot (or restart x) and you have your Ubuntu ready for usage.
Replace Kubuntu with Xubuntu;

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
Select gdm as dm
Remove Kubuntu as explained earlier

Replace Kubuntu with Edubuntu:

sudo apt-get install edubuntu-desktop
Select gdm as dm
Remove Kubuntu as explained earlier

If you wish to keep the Kubuntu packages simply skip the remove step.
If you wish to revert from Ubuntu to Kubuntu ;

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop
Select kdm as dm
sudo apt-get remove ubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get autoremove

Ubuntu to Xubuntu:

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get remove xubuntu desktop
sudo apt-get autoremove

Ubuntu to Edubuntu:

sudo apt-get install edubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get remove edubuntu desktop
sudo apt-get autoremove

If you revert to Kubuntu make sure to select kdm as dm, all others require gdm.
Removal of Xubuntu:

sudo apt-get remove xubuntu-desktop xubuntu-artwork-usplash
sudo apt-get autoremove

Removal of Edubuntu:

sudo apt-get remove edubuntu edubuntu-artwork-usplash
sudo apt-get autoremove

Want to switch from gdm to kdm or vice versa while having both installed?

sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm
and select your preferred dm
or
sudo dpkg-reconfigure kdm
and select your preferred dm

Its not very hard to switch from one environment to another, and sometimes its easier to use the cd you have laying around and switch after install.

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53 Comments »

  1. useful howto, i know some people, who constantly swtich ubuntu-kubuntu-xubuntu and etc.

    Comment by youtux — January 31, 2007 @ 5:57 am

  2. This is a great and simple method. There is a minor drawback with it though, that anyone attempting should be aware of.

    When you upgrade to the next virgin of Ubuntu you may have your system fall to pieces because of unmatched dependencies, etc. Removing your previous environment’s packages is very prudent. I suspect that failure to do this is part of the reason why my Dapper to Edgy installation fell to pieces.

    Comment by Davarino — February 3, 2007 @ 4:51 am

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  4. Excellent howto just what I was looking for!

    Comment by mi_were — March 7, 2007 @ 3:42 am

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  8. Thanks! Minor typo:

    sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
    sudo apt-get remove ubuntu desktop
    sudo apt-get autoremove

    is missing a hyphen…might confuse some newbies.

    Comment by Egg Syntax — April 27, 2007 @ 7:27 pm

  9. Isn’t it “ubuntu-desktop” instead of “ubuntu-dektop”?! :) You can delete my post after changing it! :)
    Greez,
    Micha

    Comment by Micha — May 3, 2007 @ 2:32 pm

  10. I installed Ubuntu on an old laptop and then tried your method to switch to Xubuntu. Now I have an Xubuntu style login, but it then boots into the regular style Ubuntu!?!?!

    Help?

    Comment by Jason — May 31, 2007 @ 12:57 am

  11. Can this be done offline and with a Xubuntu CD?

    Comment by tonyo — July 4, 2007 @ 3:06 pm

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  14. Thanks , very usefull. I always wanted to check out xubuntu on my ubuntu machine :D.

    Comment by bart — February 1, 2008 @ 6:24 pm

  15. Nice post! thanks! good for clearing doubts.

    Comment by amrlima — February 14, 2008 @ 2:52 am

  16. That post was a jackpot for me.
    thanks.

    Comment by svsurfer — February 22, 2008 @ 10:47 pm

  17. Thanks for the Ubuntu to Xubuntu instructions. I have an Asus eeepc and I put on eeeUbuntu but found Gnome running with Compiz too resource hungry. XFCE runs faster on it and loads really quick.

    Comment by Mark — June 7, 2008 @ 2:46 pm

  18. Nice guide. It helped me to switch from kubuntu to xubuntu in short time without buying/getting any additional ubuntu cd/dvd.

    Comment by pvelinux — June 16, 2008 @ 12:42 pm

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  20. Trying to switch from ubuntu to xubuntu on an old PII box. Installing xubuntu-desktop worked, but removing ubuntu-desktop only freed up 52k, and apt-get autoremove did nothing. How do I get rid of GNOME bloat?

    Comment by JS — July 6, 2008 @ 6:18 pm

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  22. This is brill and I couldn’t have stumbled over this at a better time. Shot allot

    Comment by Lee — September 19, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

  23. “sudo apt-get remove ubuntu-desktop” didn’t worked on my Ubuntu 8.04.
    I typed “sudo apt-get remove liborbit2″… It worked fine.

    That’s probably because of different ubuntu release.

    Comment by Luca Baffa — October 5, 2008 @ 11:45 am

  24. What are the instructions for going to Ubuntu Server on Ubuntu 8.10? I removed ubuntu-desktop, but that didn’t do it. It still brings up GDM, etc. I want to revert to the minimal no-X system.

    Comment by noisygecko — November 28, 2008 @ 7:50 pm

  25. thanks! bye

    Comment by |db| — December 23, 2008 @ 3:00 pm

  26. Sure beats the idea I had of doing it all through the Synaptic…..uh what an idiot I am. That’s it I refuse to go on any longer not learning the comand line. I’m so ashamed. Oh the humanity.

    Comment by Treetopper — December 26, 2008 @ 5:31 am

  27. Those people with the Ubuntu not removing try out using Than

    Comment by Treetopper — December 26, 2008 @ 5:35 am

  28. Oh and also gnome and gnome2 are both options

    Comment by Treetopper — December 26, 2008 @ 5:36 am

  29. post 27 should say use gnome-desktop in place of ubuntu-desktop. since gnome is the ubuntu desktop

    Comment by Treetopper — December 26, 2008 @ 5:38 am

  30. I was unable to get anything to work successfully except forremoving kubuntu…but its not actually gone.. and to top it all off i have no idea what im doing

    Comment by pud850 — December 28, 2008 @ 4:37 pm

  31. Very good tutorial/howto! Searched a while, but it’s worth!

    It’s possible to switch between kdm and gdm (both are installed) in console?

    Comment by Sebi — January 19, 2009 @ 7:24 pm

  32. How can I do the same with kubuntu 8.10? Can i have gnome and kde at the same time in ubuntu 8.10?

    Comment by Alex — March 6, 2009 @ 9:58 am

  33. Very nice… A lot of information within a single page.

    Comment by TOM — March 14, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

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  35. henri

    Comment by henrireiman — April 18, 2009 @ 5:18 pm

  36. gr8 :)
    I ll do it right away :)
    Just what I was looking for

    Comment by karthik — July 1, 2009 @ 12:23 pm

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  38. Премного благодарен, пост действительно толково написан и по делу, есть что почерпнуть.

    Comment by Гавриил — January 15, 2010 @ 12:55 am

  39. Maybe a stupid question, but does anyone know how to go from Ubuntu to Super OS in a similar way?

    Comment by SkyWulf — March 26, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

  40. There’s a much easier way to do this.

    Use tasksel.

    $ sudo tasksel

    Pick the type of machine you want by checking the box, then confirm to have the utility remove your existing Ubuntu setup and install the one you specified.

    Comment by Maj — April 26, 2010 @ 3:43 am

  41. I see it’s an old post, but it was still of much help for me today, so thanks for posting! :)

    Comment by soniclizzz — November 6, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

  42. Old post yet very useful! Thanks alot!!

    Comment by Mike — March 10, 2011 @ 8:43 am

  43. When I type in “sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm”, it just goes back to the prompt and doesn’t say anything. I never get a menu asking me to select a login manager.

    Comment by Jesse Taylor — March 20, 2011 @ 1:14 am

  44. Thanks for informations.

    But it’s a thing asked for years and still no little app to do all this job automatic?

    And another site has taken this tuto without any source or quoting, not fair : http://www.itechwhiz.com/2011/05/ubuntu-kubuntu-xubuntu-edubuntu-how-to.html

    Comment by Stis — October 14, 2011 @ 5:36 am

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