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When I try to install Xubuntu on my current Ubuntu installation, it won't let me install "xubuntu-desktop", but it will instead recommend me to install other packages in the Xubuntu repos.

Has the package name changed or do I have to wait for an updated version?

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UPDATE: I figured it out. I installed an unstable repo for GIMP and I had to force install it in order to get the package list working again. Problem solved. Installing xubuntu-desktop now. –  Robert Dec 20 '11 at 9:33
    
You could put what you did to fix it as an answer and accept it :) –  nitstorm Dec 20 '11 at 12:48
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The xubuntu-desktop is a meta-package. That means, that it's a package that serves as a single point linking to other packages. Something like a pointer to many other different packages.

Hence xubuntu-desktop package's only contents are links to other xfce related packages, the packages that make up the Xubuntu Desktop.

You could also read the Ubuntu Community Documentation on MetaPackages

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But I installed the xubuntu-desktop with the command: sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop. Explain that! –  Alvar Dec 20 '11 at 8:52
    
Same, I was able to do sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop before, but now I'm starting to think my package manager is broken. –  Robert Dec 20 '11 at 8:58
    
@Alvar: Yup that is the command to install xubuntu-desktop which in turn installs all the other required packages to make your xfce DE. @Robert:Tried sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop ? –  nitstorm Dec 20 '11 at 9:04
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