So, I did a minimal install using minimal iso, and install xfce in it by doing the following.

sudo apt-get install xfce4

Also, I install lightdm

sudo apt-get install lightdm

I then reboot the computer and got failed to start session problem when trying to login, so I do :

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-session

Reboot and I am able to login, but there is only wallpaper showing. No icons, no panel, even ctrl + alt + t doesnt get me terminal. What should I do?

Thanks in advance

edit : Also, I am able to use mouse. Only mouse cursor and wallpaper shows

  • You probably just need to add a new panel to the desktop but right clicking – Dam30n Aug 29 '17 at 1:08
  • If you wants to install xfce, I suggest you to apt remove ubuntu-desktop and sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends xubuntu-desktop – Redbob Aug 29 '17 at 1:24
  • installing xubuntu-desktop works. I now got a full desktop. Thanks guys – ddeark Aug 29 '17 at 3:13
  • @Redbob, this comment should be put as an answer – pim Aug 29 '17 at 6:49

If you wants to install xfce, I suggest you do this:

sudo apt remove ubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends xubuntu-desktop

So you will have a xfce-based environment. If you prefer a fully-featured installation, just remove --no-install-recommends from this command.


I had the same issue, I almost gave up but remembered I had chrome remote desktop installed. I logged in remotely and had access to my terminal

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