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    What will I lose if I install a different desktop environment.

    Say I want to install a different desktop environment. While the unitybar seems handy, I just don't dig it. In any case, what other features will I lose if I use a different desktop environment.

    Incidentally, I tried to ask this question in IRC. They were rather less than helpful on the subject.

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    Smile Re: What will I lose if I install a different desktop environment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tharkis View Post
    Say I want to install a different desktop environment. While the unitybar seems handy, I just don't dig it. In any case, what other features will I lose if I use a different desktop environment.

    Incidentally, I tried to ask this question in IRC. They were rather less than helpful on the subject.
    You'll just lose all features in prev. desktop enviroment and get new features in you new one. No data is lost.

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    Re: What will I lose if I install a different desktop environment.

    You wouldn't "lose" anything if you didn't uninstall the previous one. You can choose your DE at login if you have more than one.

    Your question is probably better asked: "What is different between DEs?" And the answer is: "A lot more than could really be discussed in a post or two."

    What might be helpful is visiting kubuntu.org and xubuntu.org to take a look at screenshots and tours.

    You'd get a much better appreciation than we could give you in a short essay.
    Last edited by QIII; November 21st, 2012 at 01:10 AM.

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    Re: What will I lose if I install a different desktop environment.

    You can try out the different desktops on your system and choose which one to run at boot (login).

    Xubuntu desktop

    sudo apt-get install xfce

    Lubuntu desktop

    sudo apt-get install lxde

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Us...ing_a_Terminal

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    Re: What will I lose if I install a different desktop environment.

    If you find all the bells and whistles useless, I suggest Lubuntu as I had. You can still install all the software you use no matter which version you choose... someone correct me if I'm wrong.
    Give yourself 6 months and you will love Ubuntu too!

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    Re: What will I lose if I install a different desktop environment.

    You can install, of course. But it wouldn't hurt to look first. Installing a DE can pull in a bunch of dependencies and default apps.

    Or burn a LiveCD and have at it.
    Last edited by QIII; November 21st, 2012 at 02:14 AM.

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    Re: What will I lose if I install a different desktop environment.

    Also if you decide that a different desktop isn't for you, it can be removed.

    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/pureubuntu

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    Re: What will I lose if I install a different desktop environment.

    This is the best "layman's language" description of the major desktop environments I've found. It doesn't include the newcomers Mate and Cinnamon, but it's a nice little summary of the major players:

    http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopi...tart=0#p314893

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    Re: What will I lose if I install a different desktop environment.

    partially depends what desktop you choose, as to what you will no longer have from unity.

    the main things i can think of right now are:

    - application/global menu, unless you use gnome shell, i think.
    - HUD
    - dash, so you wont have search feature, unless you have gnome shell or kde, app finder in xfce, or install an application called synapse.

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