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I currently have xubuntu installed on my netbook, and I'm considering converting it to the standard vanilla Ubuntu. Is this possible? If so, how do I start?

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You'll simply need to install the ubuntu-desktop meta-package. This installs all the nessisary packages for a "Vanilla" Ubuntu Desktop. sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop Once this has been completed you can restart your computer. At the login screen you can switch from XFCE to Ubuntu Desktop under the Session dropdown. Doing so will load the Gnome desktop.

If you're satisfied with Ubuntu Desktop and wish to remove xubuntu you can always remove the meta package xubuntu-desktop which will remove the meta-package. If you wish to remove all the packages from the xubuntu-desktop meta package you'll have to remove those by hand. An updated list of all the packages by distrobution is available simply copy the line for your version of Ubuntu

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Would it be better to use autoremove instead of remove since autoremove will also remove the orphaned dependencies? – user7182 Jan 4 '11 at 2:29
@Jasper xubuntu-desktop isn't considered orphaned since you can have multiple Desktop Environments on one installation. However, if you remove xubuntu-desktop meta-package it should take out all packages that aren't inner-dependent for packages outside of the meta-package. One may need to run autoremove after removing xubuntu-desktop if there are any orphaned packages though. – Marco Ceppi Jan 4 '11 at 2:32
Removing the xubuntu-desktop meta-package will not remove the Xfce desktop. It will only remove the xubuntu-desktop package itself. You will need to remove all the xfce and xubuntu specific packages individually to remove Xubuntu. – charlie-tca Jan 5 '11 at 13:26
@charlie-tca You're right, it only remove the meta package unless xubuntu-desktop was installed with aptitude which isn't available in the distribution anymore. I've updated my answer to reflect that and the "proper" way to remove all the xubuntu packages – Marco Ceppi Jan 5 '11 at 14:18
What about upgrades? Will they work properly, too? – Eyal Apr 23 '13 at 17:33

Install ubuntu-desktop. To uninstall xubuntu, follow these guidelines: (select the right ubuntu version first)

Since xubuntu-destkop is a metapackage removing it will not remove the other underlying packages. The link above tells you which ones you need

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