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I had Xubuntu 14.04 beta 1 installed. Now I have installed ubuntu-desktop package but I see that there are still Xubuntu application icons, login screen, theme, boot screen etc.

How to completely remove them and configure the default Ubuntu things?

Will sudo apt-get remove xubuntu-desktop and sudo apt-get autoremove do?

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Some general concepts are given here: complete-concrete-concise.com/ubuntu-2/ubuntu-12-04/… So, removing xubuntu-desktop is only removing a metapackage (list of packages) and not the packages themselves. –  DK Bose Mar 20 at 11:30

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It will be a long command, but here it is:

sudo apt-get remove abiword abiword-common abiword-plugin-grammar abiword-plugin-mathview alacarte bison blueman brltty-x11 catfish espeak exo-utils flex fonts-droid fonts-lyx gigolo gmusicbrowser gnome-system-tools gnome-time-admin gstreamer0.10-gnomevfs gthumb gthumb-data gtk2-engines-pixbuf indicator-application-gtk2 indicator-sound-gtk2 leafpad libabiword-2.9 libbison-dev libdigest-crc-perl libexo-1-0 libexo-common libexo-helpers libfl-dev libgarcon-1-0 libgarcon-common libgdome2-0 libgdome2-cpp-smart0c2a libglade2-0 libgnomevfs2-0 libgnomevfs2-common libgnomevfs2-extra libgsf-1-114 libgsf-1-common libgstreamer-perl libgtk2-notify-perl libgtk2-trayicon-perl libgtkmathview0c2a libgtkspell0 libido-0.1-0 libindicate-gtk3 libintl-perl libjpeg-progs libjpeg-turbo-progs libkeybinder0 liblink-grammar4 libloudmouth1-0 libnet-dbus-perl liboobs-1-5 libotr2 libots0 librarian0 libsexy2 libtagc0 libthunarx-2-0 libtidy-0.99-0 libtie-ixhash-perl libtumbler-1-0 libunique-1.0-0 libvte-common libvte9 libwv-1.2-4 libxfce4ui-1-0 libxfce4ui-utils libxfce4util-bin libxfce4util-common libxfce4util6 libxfcegui4-4 libxfconf-0-2 libxml-parser-perl libxml-twig-perl libxml-xpath-perl lightdm-gtk-greeter link-grammar-dictionaries-en m4 orage parole pastebinit pavucontrol pidgin pidgin-data pidgin-libnotify pidgin-microblog pidgin-otr plymouth-theme-xubuntu-logo plymouth-theme-xubuntu-text python-configobj rarian-compat ristretto screensaver-default-images scrollkeeper shimmer-themes system-tools-backends tcl8.5 thunar thunar-archive-plugin thunar-data thunar-media-tags-plugin thunar-volman ttf-droid tumbler tumbler-common xbrlapi xchat xchat-common xfburn xfce-keyboard-shortcuts xfce4-appfinder xfce4-cpugraph-plugin xfce4-dict xfce4-indicator-plugin xfce4-mailwatch-plugin xfce4-netload-plugin xfce4-notes xfce4-notes-plugin xfce4-notifyd xfce4-panel xfce4-places-plugin xfce4-power-manager xfce4-power-manager-data xfce4-quicklauncher-plugin xfce4-screenshooter xfce4-session xfce4-settings xfce4-systemload-plugin xfce4-taskmanager xfce4-terminal xfce4-verve-plugin xfce4-volumed xfce4-weather-plugin xfce4-xkb-plugin xfconf xfdesktop4 xfdesktop4-data xfwm4 xscreensaver xscreensaver-data xscreensaver-gl xubuntu-artwork xubuntu-default-settings xubuntu-desktop xubuntu-docs xubuntu-icon-theme xubuntu-wallpapers && sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
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Where did you get the command (All the packages)? –  Archisman Panigrahi Mar 20 at 11:03
Here: psychocats.net/ubuntu/pureubuntu –  Frantique Mar 20 at 11:03
This command is version-dependent. Please note that the command has not updated for since 12.10: ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=416802&p=12695426. OP has asked about 14.04. –  DK Bose Mar 20 at 11:21
I have edited it and now it is working perfectly. –  Archisman Panigrahi Mar 20 at 16:41
@ArchismanPanigrahi Just to ensure: you did update it for Xubuntu 14.04 and not some other version? –  Tuukka Mustonen May 26 at 11:24

Best way to do this is to open up /var/log/apt/history.log (or history.log.[n].gz) and find the command you ran to install xubuntu-desktop. There's a list of packages there that were specifically installed due to this command. You can run sudo apt-get remove with the packages here, and then sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop to restore your system to the earlier state.

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Perfect solution, as it does not get out of date. A little tedious but works flawlessly. (If you write a script to extract the package names, you also have a little puzzle to solve ;) ) –  Lars Nov 25 at 17:09
Thanks for this suggestion, worked perfect for me too –  qrazi yesterday

Try using tasksel. You should be able to change your config.

sudo apt-get install tasksel
sudo tasksel

Uncheck Xubuntu desktop and check Ubuntu desktop.

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How to uncheck it? –  Archisman Panigrahi Mar 20 at 16:02
You press space to check/uncheck an option. Checked items are marked with an asterisk in the square [ ] box –  somoso Oct 7 at 18:40

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