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    Where to download various desktop environments from ?

    Hi
    I have Xubuntu 13.04 and i want to try out different desktop environments like

    - Unity 6.6.0

    - GNOME Shell 3.6.2
    - GNOME Classic 3.6.2
    - KDE Plasma 4.9.90
    - Xfce 4.10
    - LXDE 0.5.11

    feel free suggest more if i have missed any .

    I couldn't find them in my synaptic Package manager.
    perhaps i need to add their repository first.
    but i dont their repository, it would be good if we could create a sticky thread here which contains the list of desktop environments and their repository links.

    following blog inspired me to try them all on my PC [Intel Pentium 4 , 2 Gig RAM , Intel 915 Motherboard]

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    Re: Where to download various desktop environments from ?

    Quote Originally Posted by arifalisyed View Post
    Hi
    I have Xubuntu 13.04 and i want to try out different desktop environments like

    - Unity 6.6.0

    - GNOME Shell 3.6.2
    - GNOME Classic 3.6.2
    - KDE Plasma 4.9.90
    - Xfce 4.10
    - LXDE 0.5.11

    feel free suggest more if i have missed any .

    I couldn't find them in my synaptic Package manager.
    perhaps i need to add their repository first.
    but i dont their repository, it would be good if we could create a sticky thread here which contains the list of desktop environments and their repository links.

    following blog inspired me to try them all on my PC [Intel Pentium 4 , 2 Gig RAM , Intel 915 Motherboard]
    Many are in the repos.
    Code:
    matthew-S206:/etc/update-manager % apt-cache search 'tu-desktop'
    ubuntu-desktop - The Ubuntu desktop system
    mythbuntu-desktop - The Mythbuntu standalone system
    edubuntu-desktop - educational desktop for Ubuntu
    kubuntu-desktop - Kubuntu Plasma Desktop/Netbook system
    lubuntu-desktop - Lubuntu Desktop environment
    xubuntu-desktop - Xubuntu desktop system
    You install them with

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install <package_name>
    For gnome shell look at this link

    http://www.ubuntuupdates.org/ppa/gnome_3

    You are also more than likely using Xfce 4.10 when using xubuntu.

    Code:
    matthew-S206:/etc/update-manager % xfwm4 --version              
            This is xfwm4 version 4.10.0 (revision cc70567) for Xfce 4.10
            Released under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
            Compiled against GTK+-2.24.14, using GTK+-2.24.17.
    
            Build configuration and supported features:
            - Startup notification support:                 Yes
            - XSync support:                                Yes
            - Render support:                               Yes
            - Xrandr support:                               Yes
            - Embedded compositor:                          Yes
            - KDE systray proxy (deprecated):               No
    matthew-S206:/etc/update-manager %
    There are many more window managers, some floating, some tiling and some both.

    There is also a distinction between a window manager and a desktop environment.

    Have a read of this.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X_window_manager

    If you want to try something a bit different then try a tiling window manager as well such as awesome. It can actually be used as both a tiling and floating window manager.

    Code:
    matthew-S206:/etc/update-manager % apt-cache search ^awesome
    awesome - highly configurable X window manager
    awesome-extra - additional modules for awesome
    matthew-S206:/etc/update-manager %
    EDIT:

    You may want to add some more memory for the heavier window managers.

    Kind regards
    Last edited by matt_symes; May 1st, 2013 at 10:11 PM.
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    Re: Where to download various desktop environments from ?

    Gnome-Classic

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback

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    Re: Where to download various desktop environments from ?

    Hi

    Here are two more popular ones; openbox and enlightenment.

    Code:
    matthew-S206:/etc/update-manager % apt-cache search -- '^e17$'
    e17 - Enlightenment DR17 Window Manager
    matthew-S206:/etc/update-manager %  apt-cache search -- '^openbox' 
    openbox - standards compliant, fast, light-weight, extensible window manager
    openbox-dev - development files for the openbox window manager
    openbox-themes - Themes for the Openbox window manager
    openbox-xdgmenu - Xdg menu for OpenBox
    matthew-S206:/etc/update-manager %
    Kind regards
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    Re: Where to download various desktop environments from ?

    It isn't really necessary to download the metapackages (kubuntu-desktop, xubuntu-desktop, etc) since they pull in much more than just the desktop environments. You can simply install Xfce4, KDE, LXDE, etc without all that extra fluff. However, the mixtures xubuntu-desktop, kubuntu-desktop, etc do include some awesome settings and configurations that make using the different desktops more fun!

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    Re: Where to download various desktop environments from ?

    Your PC is very old, avoid Unity ! TAKE ONLY Leightweight !
    Unity was a horror on my old Notebook with Intel Celeron M 430 @ 1.73GHz

    I am using now Lubuntu, this PC is a HP Compaq DC 7600 SFF (Intel Dual Core Processor 840, Intel® 945G chipset
    and works very good.



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    Re: Where to download various desktop environments from ?

    Hi

    Quote Originally Posted by Peripheral Visionary View Post
    It isn't really necessary to download the metapackages (kubuntu-desktop, xubuntu-desktop, etc) since they pull in much more than just the desktop environments. You can simply install Xfce4, KDE, LXDE, etc without all that extra fluff. However, the mixtures xubuntu-desktop, kubuntu-desktop, etc do include some awesome settings and configurations that make using the different desktops more fun!
    Agreed and I'll elaborate for the OP.

    @OP. I should make it clear that installing the meta-packages will install the applications that those desktop environments also use.

    If you want to see what is included in the fully fledged desktop then install the meta-packages.

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