View Full Version : [all variants] It is possible? (changing distribution)

July 5th, 2012, 07:56 PM

Right now I have a Lubuntu running on my old laptop. I don't like it, but I have many things installed, configured, etc.. so I don't want to uninstall it.

I'm wondering if I can install for example a Ubuntu keeping the same software and configurations, and getting rid of Lubuntu programs.

July 5th, 2012, 08:02 PM
You can just install Ubuntu packages if you want. Removing every trace of Lubuntu from an existing install would be impractical.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

When the login screen is presented you can choose between the different desktop interfaces (like LXDE, Unity, etc.). If you want to literally have only Ubuntu for whatever reason like insufficient disk space I'd reinstall.

black veils
July 6th, 2012, 02:16 PM
you could hide the lxde menu items though, by editing their files.

after you have the desktop environment you want, open the Terminal, enter
gksudo nautilus or whichever file manager you will be using, this will give you privileges to edit those files.

then go to
/usr/share/applications dont delete anything, just right-click and open files with a text editor. add the line
NoDisplay=true to the end of each file you want to hide from the menu, and save.