I started with Ubuntu Karmic, and wanted to try KDE. So I installed kubuntu-desktop. Then I wanted to see how XFCE progressed, so I installed xfce4. I now have Kubuntu with an XFCE splash and login.

How do I (safely) purge XFCE and just have the Kubuntu splash / login screen, or am I stuck with frank-en-buntu?

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    I think you should edit the question to something like "How do I go back from XFCE to KDE?". The current question is too vague and informal, and honestly, every time I saw it in the homepage I just ignored it thinking it was something like "help me! I'm f***g crazy about Ubuntu and won't go back to Windows!!!!" :D Jul 28 '10 at 21:44

splash screen is configured by the alternatives system... you can get a list of available plymouth themes by doing: update-alternatives --list default.plymouth

You can then change the current plymouth theme by doing sudo update-alternatives --set default.plymouth /lib/plymouth/themes/kubuntu-logo/kubuntu-logo.plymouth

The alternative way of getting Kubuntu splash it to remove package xubuntu-plymouth-theme.

To change the login screen you can either run sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm and choose kdm as mentioned in another comment or remove gdm which should set kdm as default display manager.


You can just switch back the display manager to use kdm using

sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm

and then selecting kdm.

  • kdm is the display manager, its the splash and login I'm trying to fix :)
    – Tim Post
    Jul 28 '10 at 19:58
  • Well, the display manager is actually what greets you, and asks for the login. I use this to switch between kdm, gdm and others. Is your gdm rather messed up? Then there's some system preferences app to select another theme maybe?
    – blueyed
    Jul 28 '10 at 23:21

From a terminal:

sudo apt-get remove xfce4
  • That will revert the splash screen as well as the login? I almost did that, but grew hesitant.
    – Tim Post
    Jul 28 '10 at 19:39
  • It probably should... I imagine that when the xfce4 package is removed, it restores the splash screen, etc. from before it was installed. Jul 28 '10 at 19:49
  • I also think you meant remove , not uninstall?
    – Tim Post
    Jul 28 '10 at 20:13
  • @Tim: He-he... my bad. Jul 28 '10 at 21:07
  • I'm skeptical...I removed xfce4 once, and I still saw the xfce4 shutdown screen every time I shutdown or restarted. Mar 3 '12 at 8:32

Also after you remove xfce and all other apps, reinstall ubuntu-desktop to make sure you get everything back

  • -1 That will not bring back the Kubuntu splash screen as mentioned in the question. Jul 28 '10 at 21:44

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