View Full Version : [ubuntu] How to install Xfce on Jaunty

August 20th, 2009, 08:50 PM

I recently installed Ubuntu Jaunty and Gnome was installed as default DE. I wanted to get rid of Gnome and install Xfce.
By mistake before installing Xfce, I uninstalled some Gnome libraries and packages. So now I am not able to login to Desktop or anything. System boots shows gdm and then nothing works.

Now how can I install Xfce4?

August 20th, 2009, 08:52 PM
Give this a try (under "Removing Gnome"):


August 20th, 2009, 09:02 PM
When system completely boots, press key combination Ctrl+Alt+F1 and enter your account details.


sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude install xubuntu-desktop -y

After that restart gdm with (just in case if xfce option doesnt get listed at gdm screen)

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart

Press Ctrl+Alt+F7 to go back to gdm screen. At the gdm screen choose your session and select as make it default.

Alternatively if you want to fix your gnome desktop,

sudo aptitude install ubuntu-desktop

August 20th, 2009, 09:15 PM

I don't want to go back to Gnome. So to remove Gnome completely is the link mentioned in post #2 enough??

August 21st, 2009, 05:45 AM
Yes it is enough. But before removing gnome, install XFCE as I don't know if you still get GDM for login screen if you don't.