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Are there any conflicts with installing different Desktop environments in Ubuntu ?

I have already installed Gnome-Shell and can't log-out the session to switch DE.

I have to reboot to change.

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I'm not sure what exactly your problem with GNOME might be, but to answer your general question: You can have different DEs in Ubuntu (and Linux in general) without any problems.

Only when using PPAs, you sometimes can run into trouble with library dependcies and stuff.

  • The log-out problem stopped after a reboot – userDepth Sep 7 '15 at 20:12
  • Have you checked it? At least in 13.10 Unity and Gnome-shell had a lot of problems togheter --- shared settings behaved weirdy. I think that things are better now, but I had such a mess that I didn't checked in 14.04 and went with Gnome alone. – Rmano Sep 7 '15 at 21:28
  • I haven't checked every DE and every Ubuntu version, but it would be a sad day for this multi user system if not. I've been using 12.04 on a shared computer as well as 14.04. At least 14.04 was used with xfce, gnome and KDE, 12.04 had similar DEs. – Jakob Lenfers Sep 8 '15 at 4:50

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