The objective is to install Kylin desktop as an alternative desktop environment. Kylin is a customized Ubuntu desktop version for Chinese users.

See also our article: The 8 Best Ubuntu Desktop Environments (18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux) for more desktop environment choices.

Operating System and Software Versions

  • Operating System: - Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver


Administrative root/sudo permissions.




  • # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user


Install KDE plasma Desktop

Execute the following linux command to begin installation of the Kylin desktop:
$ sudo apt install ubuntukylin-desktop
display manager information
We are about to install additional display manager. Read the text provided for more information.

Select display manager for kylin ubuntu desktop
Select lightdm display manager.
Kylin desktop 18.04 installation complete
Once the Kylin desktop installation is complete log out or reboot your system
set Ubuntu Kylin desktop as default
Before you login, confirm that Ubuntu Kylin desktop is set as default.

Login to Ubuntu Kylin 18.04 Desktop
Select your username and use your password to login to Ubuntu Kylin 18.04 Desktop.
Kylin Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux
Kylin Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux
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