Did you know you could install a desktop environment with a single command?

GNOME 3 is a default Ubuntu 18.04 desktop environment but this does not stop you to install and use some other desktop environments as there are many to choose from.

To make your search for the best Ubuntu desktop environment easier, we choose 8 Ubuntu desktop environments for your consideration. Our list of recommended desktops for Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux is complemented with links to instructions on how to install each desktop environment which we hope will turn out to be a very useful feature of this article.

So have fun and experiment with different desktop environments to find the one that suits you most. Follow the links and navigate to our desktop installation articles to see more screenshots of the Ubuntu desktop that interests you the most.

GNOME Desktop

GNOME 3 desktop is a default Ubuntu 18.04 desktop so it comes with the installation of your operating system. GNOME project points out various features of this desktop such as, for example, simplicity of use:

A press of a button is all it takes to view your open windows, launch applications or check if you have new messages. Having everything in one place is convenient and means that you don’t have to learn your way around a maze of different technologies.

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GNOME 3 offers a focused working environment, which makes you more productive. It is designed with attention to detail and recommended for users that store documents using online services. It integrates very well with online accounts so you can access your data from one place.
Full Gnome Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04
Gnome Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04
To install GNOME desktop you can follow our instructions by navigating to How to install Gnome on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux:



KDE Plasma Desktop

KDE Plasma desktop is a widget-based environment which makes it very flexible. You can move, add or remove anything you like to make your experience as good as possible.

Plasma is fast and efficient. It uses only few resources and is full of well designed features.
KDE Plasma Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04
KDE Plasma Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04
To install KDE Plasma read our How to install KDE plasma desktop on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux:

Mate Desktop

The MATE Desktop Environment is based on GNOME 2 and preserves its traditional metaphor. It features an intuitive, comfortable to use and attractive desktop environment. This desktop is the first choice for many users that liked GNOME 2.
Mate Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04
Mate Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04
Navigate to How to install Mate desktop on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux and follow our Mate installation instructions:



Budgie Desktop

Budgie is a desktop environment that is based on GNOME. It's design is modern, it focuses on efficiency, simplicity and elegance. The usability is also emphasized in Budgie, which makes the desktop seem familiar and intuitive.

It in many ways resembles a desktop of a mobile operating system such as Android but at the same time looks a lot like GNOME. It is not overly configurable and is not recommended for handling of virtual desktops.
Budgie Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
Budgie Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
To install Budgie navigate to How to install Budgie desktop on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux:

Xfce Desktop

Xfce's main feature is that it is a lightweight desktop environment. Therefore, it offers stable, fast operation by being low on system resources. At the same time it is still visually appealing, configurable and user friendly.
Xfce Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04
Xfce Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04
You can read our install guide by following the link:



Xubuntu Desktop

Xubuntu is an elegant desktop environment which works well also on older hardware. It is user friendly, easy to use and comes with the Xfce desktop environment.

It is designed for users who want the most out of their computers. It has rather modern look and offers efficiency for daily use.
Xubuntu Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04
Xubuntu Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04
Navigate to How to install Xubuntu desktop on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux by clicking on:

Cinnamon Desktop

Cinnamon desktop is another fork of the GNOME desktop. Cinnamon is used primarily with the Linux Mint distribution but it is also suitable for Ubuntu 18.04 and other Linux distributions.

Cinnamon has a rather conservative design and is similar to Xfce and GNOME 2. It is uncomplicated to learn and from this reason might be a good choice for someone who is new to Linux.
Cinnamon Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04
Cinnamon graphical user interface on Ubuntu 18.04
To read our install guide navigate to How to install Cinnamon desktop on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux:

Unity Desktop

Unity was originally developed by Canonical Ltd. for Ubuntu and it was designed to make better use of limited size screens such as netbooks. It features a vertical application switcher called the launcher and a horizontal top menu bar which saves a lot of space.

Unity was, however, abandoned in favor of GNOME 3, which is now the default desktop environment in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Some users that are used to Unity might be, therefore, interested in how to switch from GNOME to Unity in Ubuntu 18.04.
Unity desktop on Ubuntu 18.04 bionic beaver
Unity desktop on Ubuntu 18.04 bionic beaver
To install Unity navigate to How to install Unity desktop on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux by clicking on the button below:



So what did you think? Use our comments section to let us know what are your thoughts about the listed here Ubuntu desktop environments. Maybe there is a desktop environment that you like but is not included in our list. Why don't you let us know about it!
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