I recently installed Cinnamon Desktop package but when i rebooted then at the login screen, i saw apart from Cinnamon, there was Unity and Gnome also present whereas i only installed cinnamon.

Why is this?

I am installing it on top of Xubuntu, are the extra packages going to conflict with XFCE apps when i'll boot back into Xubuntu?

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Cinammon desktop has something known as package dependencies, most of which are fulfilled by the ubuntu-desktop (Unity) and gnome-shell (GNOME shell) packages.

Rater than define every single package dependency, Cinammon uses the meta package ubuntu-desktop.

As for Xubuntu, it shouldn't. I've had KDE, LXDE, XFCE, Unity and gnome-shell all installed on the same machine with no problems.

  • hmm..ok though its weird to see Unity and Gnome option visible at the login screen. Wish the developers find some way of 'hiding' them. Feb 12, 2012 at 11:48
  • @Subeh That'd be a perfect question to ask on this site - I don't think it has been asked yet.
    – jrg
    Feb 12, 2012 at 11:52
  • @fossfreedom I am on Xubuntu so not using Lightdm. Can I ask the question now :-) Feb 12, 2012 at 12:35
  • ... oops my bad - yep as the question! xdm is the login manager?
    – fossfreedom
    Feb 12, 2012 at 12:45

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