I installed Lubuntu, then after some time I installed xubuntu-desktop and now I want to remove the previous desktop. I tried lxde and lubuntu-desktop, but one was already removed and the other wasn't found, respectively.

I, therefore, still have lx programs installed, and they are:

lxappearance                lxqt-session
lxclipboard                 lxrandr
lxhotkey                    lxsession
lxinput                     lxsession-db
lxlauncher                  lxsession-default
lxlock                      lxsession-default-terminal
lxpanel                     lxsession-logout
lxpanelctl                  lxsession-xdg-autostart
lxpolkit                    lxshortcut
lxqt-config-session         lxtask
lxqt-leave                  lxterm
lxqt-policykit-agent        lxterminal

But I'm afraid to do something. What could be removed to completely erase the Lubuntu's original desktop environment?

  • What commands have you used already in an attempt to remove Lubuntu and install Xubuntu? – Rex Feb 2 '18 at 15:44
  • I tried to remove lubuntu-desktop and lxde to remove Lubuntu desktop, and xubuntu-desktop to install Xubuntu – gamofe Feb 5 '18 at 1:53
  • So, what do I need to do? – gamofe Feb 6 '18 at 1:28

The best way to completely delete a desktop environment can be found at http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/pureubuntu Type in terminal

enter code heresudo apt-get remove abiword abiword-common abiword-plugin-grammar abiword-plugin-mathview ace-of-penguins audacious audacious-plugins audacious-plugins-data blueman catfish chromium-browser chromium-browser-l10n chromium-codecs-ffmpeg elementary-icon-theme fonts-lyx galculator gdebi gdebi-core gecko-mediaplayer giblib1 gnome-desktop-data gnome-icon-theme-full gnome-mplayer gnome-system-tools gnome-time-admin gnumeric gnumeric-common gnumeric-doc gpicview gtk2-engines-pixbuf guvcview hardinfo indicator-application-gtk2 leafpad libaacs0 libabiword-2.9 libass4 libaudclient2 libaudcore1 libavcodec53 libavformat53 libavutil51 libbinio1ldbl libbluray1 libbs2b0 libcddb2 libcolamd2.7.1 libcompfaceg1 libcue1 libdca0 libdirectfb-1.2-9 libenca0 libept1.4.12 libexo-1-0 libexo-common libexo-helpers libfaad2 libfluidsynth1 libfm-data libfm-gtk-bin libfm-gtk-data libfm-gtk3 libfm3 libgdome2-0 libgdome2-cpp-smart0c2a libglade2-0 libgmlib0 libgmtk0 libgmtk0-data libgoffice-0.8-8 libgoffice-0.8-8-common libgsf-1-114 libgsf-1-common libgsm1 libgtkmathview0c2a libgtkspell0 libguess1 libid3tag0 libimlib2 libindicate-gtk3 libjpeg-progs libjpeg-turbo-progs liblink-grammar4 libloudmouth1-0 libmenu-cache1 libmms0 libmodplug1 libmowgli2 libmp3lame0 libmpg123-0 libmusicbrainz3-6 libnet-dbus-perl libobrender27 libobt0 libonig2 liboobs-1-5 libopts25 libots0 libpisock9 libpostproc52 librarian0 libresid-builder0c2a libschroedinger-1.0-0 libsdl1.2debian libsidplay2 libswscale2 libtidy-0.99-0 libtie-ixhash-perl libts-0.0-0 libuniconf4.6 libva1 libvdpau1 libvpx1 libvte-common libvte9 libwebcam0 libwv-1.2-4 libwvstreams4.6-base libwvstreams4.6-extras libxfce4ui-1-0 libxfce4util-bin libxfce4util-common libxfce4util6 libxfconf-0-2 libxml-parser-perl libxml-twig-perl libxml-xpath-perl libxvidcore4 lightdm-gtk-greeter link-grammar-dictionaries-en lm-sensors lp-solve lubuntu-artwork lubuntu-artwork-12-10 lubuntu-core lubuntu-default-settings lubuntu-desktop lubuntu-icon-theme lubuntu-lxpanel-icons lubuntu-software-center lxappearance lxappearance-obconf lxinput lxkeymap lxlauncher lxmenu-data lxpanel lxpanel-indicator-applet-plugin lxrandr lxsession lxsession-data lxsession-edit lxshortcut lxtask lxterminal mplayer2 mtpaint ntp obconf openbox openbox-themes pcmanfm pidgin pidgin-data pidgin-libnotify pidgin-microblog plymouth-theme-lubuntu-logo plymouth-theme-lubuntu-text python-pysqlite2 python-support python-xklavier rarian-compat scrot sylpheed sylpheed-doc sylpheed-i18n sylpheed-plugins synaptic system-tools-backends transmission tsconf uvcdynctrl uvcdynctrl-data wvdial xfburn xfce-keyboard-shortcuts xfce4-notifyd xfce4-power-manager xfce4-power-manager-data xfconf xfonts-100dpi xpad xscreensaver xscreensaver-data && sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop && sudo /usr/lib/lightdm/lightdm-set-defaults -g unity-greeterenter code here

But as you can see Lubuntu uses some XFCE4 programs. That is why I asked you what commands you had already used to remove Lubuntu and install Xubuntu.

There is also Completely Remove LXDE/Lubuntu Desktop Environment

  • I cannot remove the desktop itself by running command to delete lxde or lubuntu-desktop as I have seen in other solutions because it cannot be found. – gamofe Feb 6 '18 at 5:41
  • Did you already remove something that removes the metapackage. For example if you had run sudo apt remove leafpad because you laready had mousepad the xfce text editior you would then remove lubuntu-desktop and if you installed lubuntu-desktop the lxde metapackage which gives the upstream lxde packages. Also Rex that command is not updated for the latest version of lubuntu and I have seen that page before but it is not up to date. Catfish is not included in lubuntu by default since pcmanfm gained the ability to search for files. – ianorlin Mar 21 '18 at 18:49

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