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How can I install the components that make up elementary OS on Ubuntu?

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what Ubuntu version are you using now? – Rinzwind Jun 7 '11 at 19:30
I am running Ubuntu 11.04 and windows 7 – jnut Jun 7 '11 at 19:39
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For 12.04 (stable) only:

Use the following PPA:


For 12.04, 13.04, and 13.10 (unstable, daily updates):

Use the following PPA:


Then update and install the elementary-desktop package.

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install elementary-desktop

To login to your new eOS desktop, logout, and choose Pantheon as your session.

Optional extras:

Apps such as Birdie and Agenda can be found in another PPA:

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elementary-meta appears not to be available in that package... :s – hayd Oct 22 '13 at 19:11
@hayd I'll have to check to see what it has been renamed to. elementary from the daily PPA is a moving target, so package names change often. – RolandiXor Oct 22 '13 at 19:49
Thanks! It's weird cos it appears in the list (on the daily ppa site) but isn't available to install (other elementary packages are). Perhaps it's a temporary problem? – hayd Oct 22 '13 at 19:54
@hayd what version of Ubuntu are you running? It may not be available for that version of Ubuntu. – RolandiXor Oct 22 '13 at 20:21
elementary-desktop is not longer available in repository – shantanu Apr 9 '14 at 18:12

As complete as I can make it:

Elementary OS (or Jupiter) needs to be installed like any other OS: you burn a CD. Click the link and choose download or click these links for the i386 or for the amd64.

From their FAQ:

How can I install Jupiter? Simply burn the iso to a CD, or install it to a flash drive. Insert the CD or flash drive into your computer, then reboot and you should see the elementary installer which will guide you through the installation. If your computer won't boot to the CD or flash drive, you may need to change the related option in your computer's BIOS.

Default apps:

  • Midori web browser
  • Docky
  • Dexter Contacts app
  • Postler e-mail client
  • Lingo dictionary
  • Abiword word processor
  • GNUmeric spreadsheet app
  • Software Centre
  • Shotwell
  • Totem Movie Player
  • Empathy
  • Nautilus-Elementary

Warning regarding Natty: "… users of elementary OS Jupiter may be prompted to upgrade to Ubuntu 11.04. We strongly urge you not to do so [...] because the upgrade process may render your install unusable."

im1 From omgubuntu

If you need this OS inside Ubuntu you can

  1. Add Virtualbox Install virtualbox and install Elementary OS inside virtualbox.
  2. Create empty space on your hard disc (so a 3rd partition: ubuntu, windows, elementary) and triple boot.
  3. Ubuntu 11.04 does not play nice with this OS. If you want 1 Ubuntu with elementary OS in it you need to use Ubuntu 10.10.
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i have seen people install elementary OS on ubuntu by using terminal. the whole operating system was changed – jnut Jun 7 '11 at 19:53
There is a reason why I asked what OS you are using: Ubuntu 11.04 and elementary OS do -not- play nice together. 11.04 changes in rather a lot of ways that do not work with lots of add-ons. Have a look at this link:… regarding 11.04 and the warning on the Elementary OS site: – Rinzwind Jun 7 '11 at 19:56
can you dual boot with the OS? or use wubi – jnut Jun 7 '11 at 19:57
yes and yes! or use virtual box (that might be the best option ;) ) – Rinzwind Jun 7 '11 at 19:59
how do you do a triple partition – jnut Jun 7 '11 at 20:00

Rinzwind's thorough answer is how you can get a stable 0.1 release of ElementaryOS that is based off of 10.10.

If you want to convert your 11.04 installation into a beta build of ElementaryOS, then the following steps will do that for you:

WARNING: It is NOT advised to do this with anything but a clean installation of Natty.

Second Warning: This might not work for you at all since it is beta software. This WILL erase everything in your ~/Desktop folder. You WILL have to create a new user after this to complete the process. You have been warned.

In a terminal one after another:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install bzr 
bzr branch lp:elementaryos
cd ~/elementaryos

Last chance to back out here. If you're sure you want to transform your Ubuntu 11.04 install into Elementary OS then run the last command:

sudo --configure-installed

After this is done (it takes a while) create a new user in the Users Settings application. Restart your machine (logging out might work, but I would advise doing a full restart). I'm not 100% sure if you will have to log in to the new users account, but it seems likely.

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