I currently have xubuntu installed on my netbook, and I'm considering converting it to the standard vanilla Ubuntu. Is this possible? If so, how do I start?


You'll simply need to install the ubuntu-desktop meta-package. This installs all the nessisary packages for a "Vanilla" Ubuntu Desktop. sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop Once this has been completed you can restart your computer. At the login screen you can switch from XFCE to Ubuntu Desktop under the Session dropdown. Doing so will load the Gnome desktop.

If you're satisfied with Ubuntu Desktop and wish to remove xubuntu you can always remove the meta package xubuntu-desktop which will remove the meta-package. If you wish to remove all the packages from the xubuntu-desktop meta package you'll have to remove those by hand. An updated list of all the packages by distrobution is available simply copy the line for your version of Ubuntu

  • Would it be better to use autoremove instead of remove since autoremove will also remove the orphaned dependencies? – user7182 Jan 4 '11 at 2:29
  • @Jasper xubuntu-desktop isn't considered orphaned since you can have multiple Desktop Environments on one installation. However, if you remove xubuntu-desktop meta-package it should take out all packages that aren't inner-dependent for packages outside of the meta-package. One may need to run autoremove after removing xubuntu-desktop if there are any orphaned packages though. – Marco Ceppi Jan 4 '11 at 2:32
  • Removing the xubuntu-desktop meta-package will not remove the Xfce desktop. It will only remove the xubuntu-desktop package itself. You will need to remove all the xfce and xubuntu specific packages individually to remove Xubuntu. – charlie-tca Jan 5 '11 at 13:26
  • 2
    What about upgrades? Will they work properly, too? – Eyal Apr 23 '13 at 17:33
  • 1
    Would there be any conflicting daemons or startup scripts by having both ubuntu-desktop and xubuntu-desktop (regarding 14.04) installed? – user29020 Sep 24 '14 at 17:47

You can simply install all standart ubuntu package with apt

sudo apt install ubuntu-desktop

Then when you feel good with your new environement

sudo apt purge xubuntu-desktop
sudo apt autoremove

And don't forget to reconfigure GDM3 login

sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm3

Also you may want to change Ubuntu loading screen. It is realy easy, check this answer.

Finally reboot

sudo reboot

Install ubuntu-desktop. To uninstall xubuntu, follow these guidelines: (select the right ubuntu version first) http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/puregnome

Since xubuntu-destkop is a metapackage removing it will not remove the other underlying packages. The link above tells you which ones you need

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.