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Using one of the many versions of Ubuntu but want to use a different window manager than the one it came with? This can be done quickly and easily by installing the window manager you wish to use and logging out and back in. Sound simple enough? It is.

To install your new window manager you can use the following commands through a terminal.


sudo apt-get install lxde

for XFCE

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

for Gnome

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell


sudo apt-get install kde-plasma-desktop

Once you install the one you want, log out, choose the one you want by clicking the icon next to your username, and log in.










No sound after rebooting into XFCE or other window manager read No Sound After Installing XFCE/Xubuntu

October 23rd, 2013

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If you have recently updated to Ubuntu 12.04 with Gnome as your desktop and are using dual monitors, you have probably noticed that only one of the screens switch workspaces and the other stays fixed. Before, you were able to fix this by using the gconf-editor, however now when you make changes to that, it is no longer working and the changes are not being applied. To fix the monitors when that does not work, you need to run the following command, which will disable workspaces-only-on-primary, which is basically doing the same thing as is done in the gconf-editor.

Run this command as the user that you are logged in as (not using sudo or as root in the command line)

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.overrides workspaces-only-on-primary false

You should not receive any output when you run the command and the changes should be applied immediately without needing to log out. You will now be able to change workspaces correctly on both monitors.

May 3rd, 2012

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To find the version of the Gnome desktop, you simply have to run the following command:

gnome-shell --version

You should get some output that looks like this:

[email protected]:~$ gnome-shell --version
GNOME Shell 3.4.1

May 3rd, 2012

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