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    Migrate from 18.04 to xfce?

    Hello,

    I have ubuntu installed now (18.04) but I'd like to use xfce (xubuntu?) instead.

    Since I just blew up my OS by following random instructions on websites the other day I thought I should ask about a good way to do this before I do it.

    I want to just add a PPA and upgrade into the desktop environment (I think that was how I did it before but that was a few years ago.)

    I can just run,

    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xubuntu-dev/xfce-4.15
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    Regards,

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    Re: Migrate from 18.04 to xfce?

    When I used xfce I added the ppa after the desktop environment. This will give you two file managers and I suggest you use thunar because nautilus handles the desktop differently.

    Code:
    sudo apt install xfce4
    Code:
    sudo apt update
    If you want some extras.
    Code:
    sudo apt install xfce4-goodies
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    Re: Migrate from 18.04 to xfce?

    There's no need for PPAs as all Xubuntu stuff is in the official repositories. Make sure the universe repository is enabled. Then install the package. For the basic xfce stuff install the package xfce4. If you want the full xubuntu desktop, install xubuntu-desktop. That will however give you a lot of duplicate stuff and it's hard to clean that up, so in that case a clean install of xubuntu might be better. Log out, select the xfce session and log back in.

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    Re: Migrate from 18.04 to xfce?

    I ran Ubuntu Desktop and Xubuntu desktop besides each other without any problems, i.e., installing the full xubuntu-desktop on an Ubuntu. I subsequently removed Xubuntu again, but kept the Plymouth boot screen of Xubuntu because I find it a lot nicer than the bright pink of Ubuntu Avoid using third party repositories, especially for your base system.

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    Re: Migrate from 18.04 to xfce?

    I ran,

    Code:
    sudo apt install xfce4
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install xfce4-goodies
    and restarted the PC.

    The desktop environment is unchanged.

    All that seems to have happened is it took longer to boot.

    I fished around the log-in screen for a setting to toggle but I found none.

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    Re: Migrate from 18.04 to xfce?

    The option to choose the desktop manager is not offered at first boot.
    But when I logout from gnome I can choose:
    To log in as another user
    To change manager between :
    Ubuntu
    Ubuntu on wayland
    Kodi
    XFCE
    The menu is rather ugly I have to click on a quite small icon.
    Beware if you have ubuntu as default when you try to install something in XFCE
    you are not asked for your password and it doesn't work.
    Happy user of Ubuntu-19.04 on a Beelink BT3pro mini PC

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    Re: Migrate from 18.04 to xfce?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan_Bowser View Post
    I ran,

    Code:
    sudo apt install xfce4
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install xfce4-goodies
    and restarted the PC.

    The desktop environment is unchanged.

    All that seems to have happened is it took longer to boot.

    I fished around the log-in screen for a setting to toggle but I found none.
    It could because gnome uses GDM instead of Light DM. The entire Xubuntu Desktop environment installation would have offered that option , but includes many more packages.
    Last edited by Frogs Hair; February 9th, 2020 at 04:42 PM.
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    Re: Migrate from 18.04 to xfce?

    O.K. there's a gear in the log-in screen if you click on it there's a toggle you can set to swap between environments.

    It didn't install all the accessories it had before. There should be a media player and a picture viewer/manager.

    Also, there's no whisker menu... It looks like the version is older(?); it says I've 4.12 and the current version is 4.15.

    Ah, it would have been better to just install xubuntu at the start I think, too bad I couldn't get the iso file to boot from USB.

    Is there an easy way to fix this?

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    Re: Migrate from 18.04 to xfce?

    If you consider a clean install of Xubuntu I recommend 19.10 over 18.04.

    How did you create the USB stick?
    Bringing old hardware back to life. About problems due to upgrading.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts.
    Don't use this space for a list of your hardware. It only creates false hits in the search engines.

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    Re: Migrate from 18.04 to xfce?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan_Bowser View Post
    Also, there's no whisker menu... It looks like the version is older(?); it says I've 4.12 and the current version is 4.15.
    4.12 is the right version for 18.04. Xubuntu 19.10 uses xfce 4.14. For most software the version is frozen shortly before release of Ubuntu/Xubuntu. There are some exceptions and you do get the important bugfixes backported. I don't think xfce development is so fast that you should care.

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