I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 Server. I've installed xfce as my desktop environment using the following command:

apt-get install xubuntu-desktop xfce4

However, the Graphical User Interface doesn't look as expected. Please have a look at the two images below. The first image is the GUI that got installed by running the command above. It's not appealing, being too raw, and it uses xterm as the terminal which I don't like. The second image shows the GUI that I would much rather install. Apparently, both GUI's use xfce as the desktop environment as per the instructions on the tutorial. However, no matter what I try, I can't get the GUI to look like the one on the second image. Any suggestions on how to install the GUI displayed on the second link below? Am I missing anything?

I would appreciate any feedback.

Bad looking GUI: Bad looking GUI

Good looking GUI: Good looking GUI

  • How are you selecting which session to log in to? The first one looks like a plain xfce4 session - the second may be the xubuntu-themed session – steeldriver Jun 6 '16 at 13:23
  • I see no option to choose which session to log in to. When I VNC into the vps, the GUI in the first image above is the GUI that I'm presented with. – Jennifer Jun 6 '16 at 17:27
  • If you're using VNC (rather than a display manager) then the session would normally be determined by the contents of your ~/.vnc/xstartup file – steeldriver Jun 6 '16 at 18:31
  • Hi "steeldriver". Here are the contents of ~/.vnc/xstartup #!/bin/sh unset SESSION_MANAGER unset DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS startxfce4 & [ -x /etc/vnc/xstartup ] && exec /etc/vnc/xstartup [ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources xsetroot -solid grey vncconfig -iconic & – Jennifer Jun 6 '16 at 18:54
  • So after a bit of exploring, it looks like the main thing you are missing is the xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin. Additional instructions in this previous question Whisker menu missing – steeldriver Jun 7 '16 at 1:00

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