How can I install more than one Desktop Environment in my Ubuntu without damaging the system? I want just to try those desktop. I know I can install them by
sudo apt install kubuntu/xubuntu/lubuntu-desktop . But it will remove my existing Desktop Environment, right? I want that whenever I want to change the Desktop Environment, I will log out and log in to that. Is it possible to do that? Don’t say to download ISO image of Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu as I want to see them in my current installation.
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Author: Akib Azmain
The recommended answer to installing another desktop environment on Ubuntu is to do as you mentioned using the package that ends in *-desktop. The * being the name of that DE. It should not remove or damage your existing DE. This can be done via terminal using
apt command, or through the Ubuntu Software Center (or whatever it is called on the current version you’re on) GUI app.
Make sure you are installing from the official Ubuntu repositories to avoid conflicts or issues. Third party sources may cause unintended results so be wary. Also, read any warnings carefully before proceeding with the installation.
Once installed, logout of the current session. At the login screen, choose the DE that you want to use next.
Another way to try different DEs (or even Linux distros) is through a virtual machine. I always prefer this method since it’s clean, safe and quite easy to remove/manage. Use VMware, VirtualBox or whatever other option you prefer. Reuse that ISO you haveof your installed Ubuntu so you don’t have to re-download. You can also try things there first before doing it on your main desktop if you’re not sure what will happen and you’re not confident that you can restore it. The experience can almost be the same as if it were not running on VM (Make sure it’s running in full desktop mode). I’ve tried this approach several times whenever I plan to shift to another DE/distro but not sure how I will like it. So I use it for a number of days to immerse myself in that DE fully.