Pantheon is one of the most popular new desktop environments in the Linux world. It was originally created for Elementary OS, but it’s spreading to other distributions. Unfortunately, there are no official packages for Debian. Learn how to install Panthon from a third party repository on Debian.
In this tutorial you will learn:
- How to Install the Required Dependencies.
- How to Download and Install The Repository.
- How to Install Pantheon on Debian.
- How to Install Pantheon Extras on Debian.
Software Requirements and Conventions Used
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How to Install the Required Dependencies
Before you can set up the Pantheon repository on Debian, you’re going to need a few dependencies. Install those those first.
$ sudo apt install apt-transport-https software-properties-common wget
How to Download and Install The Repository
The developer behind the Pantheon repository has provided a convenient package to automatically set it up on your system. Actually there are two different packages. One targets Debian Stable, while the other is for Testing and Sid. Use
wget to pull the package for your version of Debian.
$ wget https://gandalfn.ovh/debian/pool/main/p/pantheon-debian-repos/pantheon-debian-repos_0.4-0+pantheon+stretch+loki1_all.deb
$ wget https://gandalfn.ovh/debian/pool/main/p/pantheon-debian-repos/pantheon-debian-repos_5.0-0+pantheon+buster+juno1_all.deb
Next, install the package with
$ sudo dpkg -i pantheon-debian-repos_0.4-0+pantheon+stretch+loki1_all.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i pantheon-debian-repos_5.0-0+pantheon+buster+juno1_all.deb
Update Apt to include the new repository
$ sudo apt update
How to Install Pantheon
You’re ready to install Pantheon on Debian. You have two options here. You can install the complete Pantheon with the greeter, or you can install only the desktop environment. Which is entirely up to you.
$ sudo apt install pantheon
Just The Desktop
$ sudo apt install pantheon-shell
How to Install Pantheon Extras
There are also tools available for customization and integration. These come straight from Elementary, but they’ve been rebuilt for Debian. None of these are mandatory, but they’ll help polish the desktop.
$ sudo apt install elementary-tweaks indicator-application indicator-systemtray-unity indicator-multiload
When you’re ready to use Pantheon, reboot Debian, and select Pantheon at the login screen. Pantheon will open up to the default configuration. If you installed the
elementary-tweaks package, you can easily customize it.
Your new Pantheon desktop will continue to update from the repositories. When a new Debian or Elementary release arrives, it would be a good idea to check for updated or new repositories for the latest versons of Pantheon.