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    How to install two Desktop Environment in parallel

    Hi,
    I have already done this in past, but somehow its not working this time.

    I installed Ubuntu14.04 LTS on my desktop( Dell Optilex 760), clean install, erased windows 8 and installed this.
    Ubuntu worked fine. used it for sometime and then realized that its taking about 1GB after boot.

    Thought of installing XFCE-desktop in parellel. installed it through get-apt.
    restarted and to my surprise. I did not find the option to chose the desktop-environement at the time of login.

    I logged-in and i see Ubunutu desktop themed like Xubuntu . and the mmeoty footporint was like XFCE. Though I like this low memory footprint Ubuntu desktop-environment.
    but i want to have both in parellel. Please see the attached screenshot, that shows XFCE-ed Ubuntu desktop


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    Re: How to install two Desktop Environment in parallel

    Ideally I would want to see a login screen like the below


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    Re: How to install two Desktop Environment in parallel

    I have installed the XFCE session with the following commands on 14.04 and previous releases. I can't explain the XFCE wallpaper though. Unity is compiz based and XFCE uses the xfwm4 window manager.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xfce4
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xfce4-goodies
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    Re: How to install two Desktop Environment in parallel

    i had installed with sudo apt-get xfce-desktop

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    Re: How to install two Desktop Environment in parallel

    The goodies are not installed by default. Try running the commands and see if any additional packages are installed, if you are missing anything the session won't show up in the login screen.
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    Re: How to install two Desktop Environment in parallel

    Code:
    arif@arif-OptiPlex-760:~$ sudo apt-get install xfce4-goodies
    [sudo] password for arif: 
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    The following extra packages will be installed:
      hddtemp lm-sensors xfce4-artwork xfce4-battery-plugin xfce4-clipman
      xfce4-clipman-plugin xfce4-cpufreq-plugin xfce4-datetime-plugin
      xfce4-diskperf-plugin xfce4-fsguard-plugin xfce4-genmon-plugin
      xfce4-mount-plugin xfce4-sensors-plugin xfce4-smartbookmark-plugin
      xfce4-timer-plugin xfce4-wavelan-plugin
    Suggested packages:
      ksensors fancontrol sensord read-edid i2c-tools xfce4-cellmodem-plugin
      xfce4-linelight-plugin xfce4-messenger-plugin xfce4-mpc-plugin
      xfce4-radio-plugin xfce4-xfapplet-plugin xfswitch-plugin xfce4-hdaps
      xsensors
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
      hddtemp lm-sensors xfce4-artwork xfce4-battery-plugin xfce4-clipman
      xfce4-clipman-plugin xfce4-cpufreq-plugin xfce4-datetime-plugin
      xfce4-diskperf-plugin xfce4-fsguard-plugin xfce4-genmon-plugin xfce4-goodies
      xfce4-mount-plugin xfce4-sensors-plugin xfce4-smartbookmark-plugin
      xfce4-timer-plugin xfce4-wavelan-plugin
    0 upgraded, 17 newly installed, 0 to remove and 248 not upgraded.
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    Get:2 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe xfce4-battery-plugin amd64 1.0.5-2ubuntu1 [115 kB]
    Get:3 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe xfce4-clipman amd64 2:1.2.5-1 [96.4 kB]
    Get:4 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe xfce4-clipman-plugin amd64 2:1.2.5-1 [21.7 kB]
    Get:5 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe xfce4-cpufreq-plugin amd64 1.1.0-1 [55.0 kB]
    Get:6 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe xfce4-datetime-plugin amd64 0.6.2-1ubuntu2 [35.4 kB]
    Get:7 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe xfce4-diskperf-plugin amd64 2.5.4-2ubuntu1 [54.4 kB]
    Get:8 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe xfce4-fsguard-plugin amd64 1.0.1-2ubuntu1 [54.1 kB]
    Get:9 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe xfce4-genmon-plugin amd64 3.4.0-2 [37.0 kB]
    Get:10 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe xfce4-mount-plugin amd64 0.6.4-2 [85.3 kB]
    Get:11 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe xfce4-sensors-plugin amd64 1.2.5-2 [125 kB]
    Get:12 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe xfce4-smartbookmark-plugin amd64 0.4.5-1 [21.6 kB]
    Get:13 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe xfce4-timer-plugin amd64 1.5.0-1 [47.0 kB]
    Get:14 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe xfce4-wavelan-plugin amd64 0.5.11-2ubuntu1 [32.8 kB]
    Get:15 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe xfce4-goodies amd64 4.10 [4,118 B]
    Get:16 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe hddtemp amd64 0.3-beta15-52 [52.8 kB]
    Get:17 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe lm-sensors amd64 1:3.3.4-2ubuntu1 [84.6 kB]
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    Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.13-1) ...
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    Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu1) ...
    Processing triggers for bamfdaemon (0.5.1+14.04.20140409-0ubuntu1) ...
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    ureadahead will be reprofiled on next reboot
    Setting up xfce4-artwork (0.1.1a~git+20110420-1) ...
    Setting up xfce4-battery-plugin (1.0.5-2ubuntu1) ...
    Setting up xfce4-clipman (2:1.2.5-1) ...
    Setting up xfce4-clipman-plugin (2:1.2.5-1) ...
    Setting up xfce4-cpufreq-plugin (1.1.0-1) ...
    Setting up xfce4-datetime-plugin (0.6.2-1ubuntu2) ...
    Setting up xfce4-diskperf-plugin (2.5.4-2ubuntu1) ...
    Setting up xfce4-fsguard-plugin (1.0.1-2ubuntu1) ...
    Setting up xfce4-genmon-plugin (3.4.0-2) ...
    Setting up xfce4-mount-plugin (0.6.4-2) ...
    Setting up xfce4-sensors-plugin (1.2.5-2) ...
    Setting up xfce4-smartbookmark-plugin (0.4.5-1) ...
    Setting up xfce4-timer-plugin (1.5.0-1) ...
    Setting up xfce4-wavelan-plugin (0.5.11-2ubuntu1) ...
    Setting up xfce4-goodies (4.10) ...
    Setting up hddtemp (0.3-beta15-52) ...
    Setting up lm-sensors (1:3.3.4-2ubuntu1) ...
    Processing triggers for ureadahead (0.100.0-16) ...
    arif@arif-OptiPlex-760:~$
    Last edited by Frogs Hair; June 20th, 2014 at 04:13 PM. Reason: Code Tags

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    Re: How to install two Desktop Environment in parallel

    Just did that, will restart now , lets see if I seesomething

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    Re: How to install two Desktop Environment in parallel

    Run the first command also.
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    Re: How to install two Desktop Environment in parallel

    okey tried first command also

    following is the output... will logout and re-login to see if it worked


    Code:
    arif@arif-OptiPlex-760:~$ sudo get-apt install xfce4
    [sudo] password for arif: 
    sudo: get-apt: command not found
    arif@arif-OptiPlex-760:~$ sudo apt-get install xfce4
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    The following extra packages will be installed:
      gtk2-engines-xfce tango-icon-theme xfce4-mixer
    Suggested packages:
      kdelibs-data gtk3-engines-xfce
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
      gtk2-engines-xfce tango-icon-theme xfce4 xfce4-mixer
    0 upgraded, 4 newly installed, 0 to remove and 248 not upgraded.
    Need to get 1,326 kB of archives.
    After this operation, 9,069 kB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
    Get:1 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe gtk2-engines-xfce amd64 3.0.1-2 [31.8 kB]
    Get:2 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe tango-icon-theme all 0.8.90-5ubuntu1 [1,180 kB]
    Get:3 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe xfce4-mixer amd64 1:4.10.0-1ubuntu2 [109 kB]
    Get:4 http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe xfce4 all 4.10.1 [5,094 B]
    Fetched 1,326 kB in 8s (151 kB/s)                                              
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    (Reading database ... 196763 files and directories currently installed.)
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    Selecting previously unselected package xfce4-mixer.
    Preparing to unpack .../xfce4-mixer_1%3a4.10.0-1ubuntu2_amd64.deb ...
    Unpacking xfce4-mixer (1:4.10.0-1ubuntu2) ...
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    Processing triggers for man-db (2.6.7.1-1) ...
    Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.10.1-0ubuntu2) ...
    Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu1) ...
    Processing triggers for bamfdaemon (0.5.1+14.04.20140409-0ubuntu1) ...
    Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf-2.index...
    Processing triggers for mime-support (3.54ubuntu1) ...
    Setting up gtk2-engines-xfce (3.0.1-2) ...
    Setting up tango-icon-theme (0.8.90-5ubuntu1) ...
    Setting up xfce4-mixer (1:4.10.0-1ubuntu2) ...
    Setting up xfce4 (4.10.1) ...
    arif@arif-OptiPlex-760:~$
    Last edited by deadflowr; June 20th, 2014 at 05:24 PM. Reason: add code tags

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    Re: How to install two Desktop Environment in parallel

    sorry i dont know how to make it code formating, can you tell ?

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