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Cutefish is a new desktop environment that resembles the Mac OS UI. It was recently featured in OMG! Ubuntu!.

Cutefish OS image source: The OMG! Ubuntu! article

Cutefish OS is Debian based, so the desktop environment may be installed in Ubuntu without too much hassle.

How to install the Cutefish DE in Ubuntu, let's say in the latest Ubuntu 21.04?

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It is too early. Currently they do not provide PPA. Also I can't find public Debian-based ISO file in the net to check its sources.list.

Possible way to install is to use sources from https://github.com/cutefishos or adapt ArchLinux PKGBUILD files for building CuteFish components.

Draft of the installation process is shown below:

sudo apt install -y git devscripts build-essential cmake ninja-build
sudo apt install -y qtbase5-dev qtquickcontrols2-5-dev libkf5networkmanagerqt-dev modemmanager-qt-dev debhelper extra-cmake-modules libkf5kio-dev libkf5screen-dev libqt5sensors5-dev qtdeclarative5-dev qttools5-dev qttools5-dev-tools libxcb-icccm4-dev qtbase5-private-dev kwin-dev libkdecorations2-dev libqt5xdg-dev libdbusmenu-qt5-dev libxcb-ewmh-dev libicu-dev libxcb-randr0-dev libsm-dev libxcb-xfixes0-dev libxcb-damage0-dev libxcb-composite0-dev libxcb-shm0-dev libxcb-util-dev libxcb-image0-dev libxtst-dev libpulse-dev libpolkit-qt5-1-dev libpolkit-agent-1-dev libqt5x11extras5-dev

mkdir -p ~/Downloads/cutefish
cd ~/Downloads/cutefish

git clone https://github.com/cutefishos/libcutefish.git
cd libcutefish
dpkg-buildpackage -uc -us -b

cd ~/Downloads/cutefish
git clone https://github.com/cutefishos/fishui
cd fishui
dpkg-buildpackage -uc -us -b

cd ~/Downloads/cutefish
git clone https://github.com/cutefishos/kwin-plugins
cd kwin-plugins
dpkg-buildpackage -uc -us -b

cd ~/Downloads/cutefish
git clone https://github.com/cutefishos/launcher
cd launcher
dpkg-buildpackage -uc -us -b

cd ~/Downloads/cutefish
git clone https://github.com/cutefishos/qt-plugins
cd qt-plugins
dpkg-buildpackage -uc -us -b

cd ~/Downloads/cutefish
git clone https://github.com/cutefishos/wallpapers
cd wallpapers
dpkg-buildpackage -uc -us -b

cd ~/Downloads/cutefish
sudo apt-get install ./*.deb

cd ~/Downloads/cutefish
git clone https://github.com/cutefishos/dock
cd dock
dpkg-buildpackage -uc -us -b

cd ~/Downloads/cutefish
git clone https://github.com/cutefishos/filemanager
cd filemanager
dpkg-buildpackage -uc -us -b

cd ~/Downloads/cutefish
git clone https://github.com/cutefishos/settings
cd settings
dpkg-buildpackage -uc -us -b

cd ~/Downloads/cutefish
git clone https://github.com/cutefishos/statusbar
cd statusbar
dpkg-buildpackage -uc -us -b

cd ~/Downloads/cutefish
git clone https://github.com/cutefishos/core
cd core
dpkg-buildpackage -uc -us -b

cd ~/Downloads/cutefish
sudo apt-get install ./*.deb

## no debian directory
# cd ~/Downloads/cutefish
# git clone https://github.com/cutefishos/calculator
# cd calculator

## no debian directory
# cd ~/Downloads/cutefish
# git clone https://github.com/cutefishos/icons
# cd icons

Then reboot and login to Catfish Desktop to test it.

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  • Just noticed that the sources on GitHub have a debian directory. One can easily set up Launchpad to mirror the GitHub repo and build daily. I can try that. But I am unsure whether I should register projects for Cutefish from my Launchpad account, as then I would be the administrator of that Launchpad project, and the developers may not be happy with that. The other option is to compile all the source packages locally before uploading to a PPA, which is a much more time consuming job. – Archisman Panigrahi Jun 17 at 7:10
  • This is what I tried to do last minutes. Draft version is in the answer above. – N0rbert Jun 17 at 7:21

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