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In that case, you have several options for changing your desktop and its looks, for Linux is all about choice. An easy method is, to install in Ubuntu the more traditional desktop of Xubuntu (Xfce). This way, you can avoid a fresh installation of Xubuntu (although a clean installation is technically a slightly better option).
Normally I'm against installing other desktops next to the original one. Because this always causes system pollution and increases the chance of malfunctions.
But installing the Xubuntu desktop (Xfce) in Ubuntu (Gnome/Unity) gives hardly any problems, because they are very much alike "under the hood". Furthermore, you can hugely decrease the inevitable system pollution by a couple of simple actions.
Especially former Windows users will be able to adjust to the Xubuntu desktop very quickly. Rapid access to all of your applications, and you're productive in no time at all!
See the screenshots below:
With expanded dock (click on the image to enlarge it):
With expanded click menu (click on the image to enlarge it):
With expanded right-click menu: a right-click on an empty space on the desktop, also provides access to the complete applications menu (click on the image to enlarge it):
(continued in the column on the right)
In Ubuntu 13.10 you're almost done now; reboot your computer (full reboot) and you can head straight on to lots of tips for tweaking, tuning and beautifying Xubuntu that can be found here.
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- Establish internet connection
Click on the grey Ubuntu logo (Dash home), in the top of the side panel. Use the query Terminal
Click on Terminal
Type (use copy/paste, that's safer):
sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop gksu leafpad synaptic
Press Enter. Type your password. Your password will remain entirely invisible. not even dots will show, this is normal. Press Enter again.
Now an intensive operation is being launched; simply wait.
B. Log in to Xubuntu
- When the installation is complete: log out of Ubuntu. Note: log out, don't shut down!
- In the login window, click on the Ubuntu logo next to your user name. Select Xubuntu Session.
- Enter your password and press Enter. Now the Xubuntu desktop appears! It doesn't look pretty yet: darkish and gloomy, with probably a lot of icons on the desktop. But all that is easily changeable (more about that that later on).
First: the Great Cleanup!
- Now it's time for cleanup, in order to prevent system pollution problems. Click on the mouse icon (top left) - Accessories - Terminal Emulator
Type (use copy/paste, that's both easier and safer):
sudo apt-get remove nautilus gnome-power-manager compiz compiz-gnome unity gwibber gwibber-service zeitgeist gnome-control-center gnome-screenshot
sudo apt-get remove nautilus gnome-power-manager compiz compiz-gnome unity unity-* unity8* hud zeitgeist zeitgeist-core python-zeitgeist libzeitgeist* activity-log-manager-common gnome-control-center gnome-screenshot
Press Enter. Type your password. Your password will remain entirely invisible, not even dots will show, this is normal. Press Enter again.
Note: you only apply the following tweak on a system that has been configured for automatic login.
In the terminal (copy/paste):
gksudo leafpad /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf
In Ubuntu 12.04 you'll see the following line in the text file that opens (the last line):
Change it into:
Save the file and close it.
- Reboot your computer (full reboot).
This completes the transition: your Ubuntu has almost entirely been turned into Xubuntu!
D. Tweak, tune and beautify Xubuntu
Lots of tips for tweaking, tuning and beautifying Xubuntu can be found here.
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