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I started with Ubuntu Karmic, and wanted to try KDE. So I installed kubuntu-desktop. Then I wanted to see how XFCE progressed, so I installed xfce4. I now have Kubuntu with an XFCE splash and login.

How do I (safely) purge XFCE and just have the Kubuntu splash / login screen, or am I stuck with frank-en-buntu?

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I think you should edit the question to something like "How do I go back from XFCE to KDE?". The current question is too vague and informal, and honestly, every time I saw it in the homepage I just ignored it thinking it was something like "help me! I'm f***g crazy about Ubuntu and won't go back to Windows!!!!" :D – Ricardo Reyes Jul 28 '10 at 21:44
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splash screen is configured by the alternatives system... you can get a list of available plymouth themes by doing: update-alternatives --list default.plymouth

You can then change the current plymouth theme by doing sudo update-alternatives --set default.plymouth /lib/plymouth/themes/kubuntu-logo/kubuntu-logo.plymouth

The alternative way of getting Kubuntu splash it to remove package xubuntu-plymouth-theme.

To change the login screen you can either run sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm and choose kdm as mentioned in another comment or remove gdm which should set kdm as default display manager.

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You can just switch back the display manager to use kdm using

sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm

and then selecting kdm.

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kdm is the display manager, its the splash and login I'm trying to fix :) – Tim Post Jul 28 '10 at 19:58
Well, the display manager is actually what greets you, and asks for the login. I use this to switch between kdm, gdm and others. Is your gdm rather messed up? Then there's some system preferences app to select another theme maybe? – blueyed Jul 28 '10 at 23:21

From a terminal:

sudo apt-get remove xfce4
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That will revert the splash screen as well as the login? I almost did that, but grew hesitant. – Tim Post Jul 28 '10 at 19:39
It probably should... I imagine that when the xfce4 package is removed, it restores the splash screen, etc. from before it was installed. – Nathan Osman Jul 28 '10 at 19:49
I also think you meant remove , not uninstall? – Tim Post Jul 28 '10 at 20:13
@Tim: He-he... my bad. – Nathan Osman Jul 28 '10 at 21:07
I'm skeptical...I removed xfce4 once, and I still saw the xfce4 shutdown screen every time I shutdown or restarted. – Chan-Ho Suh Mar 3 '12 at 8:32

Also after you remove xfce and all other apps, reinstall ubuntu-desktop to make sure you get everything back

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-1 That will not bring back the Kubuntu splash screen as mentioned in the question. – Nathan Osman Jul 28 '10 at 21:44

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