Objective

This article will explain how to install Xubuntu desktop on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver. Use this guide if you wish to change your default GNOME desktop to Xubuntu environment. See also our article: The 8 Best Ubuntu Desktop Environments (18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux) for more desktop environment choices.

Alternatively, follow our guide on how to install GUI on Ubuntu server 18.04 Bionic Beaver.

Operating System and Software Versions

  • Operating System: - Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux

Requirements

Privileged access to your Ubuntu System as root or via sudo command is required.

Difficulty

EASY

Conventions

  • # - 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

Instructions

Install Prerequisites

We will be using the tasksel command to perform the installation of Xubuntu graphical environment. Let's start by install of tasksel. Open up terminal and enter:
$ sudo apt install tasksel

Install Xfce desktop on Ubuntu 18.04

Now that we have the tasksel command available to our disposal, begin Xubunu desktop installation by executing the bellow command:
$ sudo tasksel install xubuntu-desktop

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Initiate Xubuntu desktop installation on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
Use tasksel command to begin installation of Xubuntu Desktop environment on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver.
Xubuntu Desktop installation
Wait to complete the installation.
Logout or restart your Ubuntu desktop
Logout or restart your Ubuntu desktop.


Select Xubuntu Session
On Login screen Click on icon and select Xubuntu Session.
Xubuntu Desktop graphical user interface on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
Xubuntu Desktop graphical user interface on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver.
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