View Full Version : [ubuntu] How can I easily switch between Xubuntu and Ubuntu (having both installed)?

September 22nd, 2008, 03:30 AM
I'm currently using regular Ubuntu; however for some school work I need to work with OpenGL and glut. Unfortunately glut is really buggy under gnome (windowless borders, you need a idle function to keep the window showing). I'd like to install Xubuntu just for working with Eclipse/glut.

Is there a possibility of having both the Xfce desktop environment and the gnome desktop environment installed with the ability to easily switch between the two?

THanks for the help

September 22nd, 2008, 03:32 AM
Yes, if you are currently using gnome (ubuntu) just install the xubuntu-desktop meta package:

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

To switch between the two, just logout and change session then login again.

September 22nd, 2008, 03:39 AM
You can have them all available and only have to log out and switch desktops (via Sessions).

You will need to use terminal and type these commands:

For Kubuntu:
sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

For Xubuntu:
sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

If you decide that you do not want those after installation you enter the following commands:

sudo apt-get remove kubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get remove xubuntu-desktop

There would also be more stuff to remove to fully clean everything out.

You can also use Synaptic Package Manager to install/remove either desktop.

You could also load each variation independently but would have to restart the computer to load each one.