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I am using Ubuntu 18.04 default. I would like to use lubuntu-desktopso that the RAM consumption is less. But I see that it needs ldm. I was wondering whether switching from gdm to ldm will make GIMP, Inkscape and Blender fail. I would like to use these three tools and VLC for playing videos.

Is it safe for me to use

sudo apt install lubuntu-desktop

Will my usual programs work on it ? Thanks.

Edit 1 :

I went ahead and tried

sudo apt-get install lxde

Everything was fine for some time but now I am getting frequent notifications as seen below

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No matter which option I choose, another one comes in after 2 seconds.

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    You can always check on Lubuntu LiveUSB. – Pilot6 Dec 30 '19 at 10:42
  • Ya, that is an option. But I want some feedback from someone who actually worked with these apps on lubuntu-desktop. Thanks. – user227495 Dec 30 '19 at 10:45
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    I see no reason why they won't work. – Pilot6 Dec 30 '19 at 10:46
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    I'm unsure what you mean by ldm - packages.ubuntu.com/bionic/lubuntu-desktop doesn't show a ldm (packages.ubuntu.com/bionic/ldm) dependency for Lubuntu 18.04 (bionic). I booted a Lubuntu 18.04 LTS box, and ldm is not installed, as Lubuntu 18.04 LTS uses lightdm by default (packages.ubuntu.com/bionic/lightdm ; ldm != lightdm). – guiverc Dec 30 '19 at 11:06
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    I'm using Gimp and Blender in Lubuntu on an old 64-bit laptop without issues. – SurvivalMachine Dec 30 '19 at 11:20
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Yes! GIMP and Inkscape will work on lxde / lubuntu in 18.04!

In linux, you can run any application on any desktop environment (Gnome Shell, Mate, XFCE, LXDE) or even on a bare window manager (i3, openbox), as long as all dependencies are installed. You package manager takes care of installing all dependencies when you install an application.

  • Can you comment on Edit 1 as well ? Due to this popup, it is hard to use LXDE. No idea where to turn it off. Thanks. – user227495 Dec 30 '19 at 15:40
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    This site is "one question at a time". If you have another question, just post a new one. – vanadium Dec 30 '19 at 15:43

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