I've been trying to install the Xfce Desktop Environment more than once, with no success.

I typed:

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop


sudo apt-get install xfce4


and then logged out and in again... but nothing changed, as I had no option to choose between two Desktop Environments.

What should I do?

2 Answers 2


You should see a small ubuntu logo next to your username on the log-in screen. When clicking it, a drop down menu should present you with the selection of all installed DEs. make your choice and enter your username/password after that.

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    If you don't see it after logout, try reboot as @Ciro Santilli suggests in his answer.
    – jave.web
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 22:11

Ubuntu 17.10

This is how it looks like on Ubuntu 17.10:

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I had to reboot after installing XFCE, a simple logout was not enough.

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