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I'd like to have Pantheon as another session option, next to GNOME and Ubuntu's GNOME variant.

Is there a way I could install Pantheon on Ubuntu 19.04 without messing up various parts of my system? (E.g. the theme changing, maximize and close window buttons changing placement, etc.)

(I would like a full-fledged system, not a system running in a VM)

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  • Are you still looking for answers? – Anwar Jun 24 '19 at 16:54
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I'm sharing my experience with installing pantheon desktop on top of Ubuntu Budgie 19.04. Ubuntu's main GNOME edition should work similarly.


First, add these two ppas ppa:elementary-os/stable and ppa:elementary-os/os-patches.

When you install the first ppa with this command sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/stable, it will create the repository source file in /etc/apt/sources.list.d. Edit that file to change the distro name from disco (19.04) to bionic. Then re-run sudo apt update

After installing both ppas, add Ubuntu 18.04's main repository source line. You can edit /etc/apt/sources.list file or edit one of the elementary's source file in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ directory. Add this line (or any other bionic mirror of your choice)

# ubuntu bionic repo for some packages
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic main

Then run these

sudo apt update
sudo apt install elementary-desktop

Bonus tips

Add elementary's appcenter's source to get some more elementary apps.

In /etc/apt/sources.list.d/appcenter.list, add these

deb http://packages.elementary.io/appcenter bionic main
# deb-src http://packages.elementary.io/appcenter bionic main

Then refresh the package index and open appcenter to find curated elementary apps

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    Finally, worked like a charm! After battling with this for months, not being able to revert fully to gnome, my system still reported 'ElementaryOS' despite the efforts. I gave it another chance following your answer, even though I am on Bionic 18.0.4 - thus I skipped the step to edit the file to change distro name from disco to bionic. Thanks! – arakno Apr 28 '20 at 18:13
  • @arakno Glad it helped – Anwar Apr 29 '20 at 0:27

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