Ubuntu :: Change Desktop Environment From Command Line?
Jun 13, 2011
I installed the latest version off the download site yesterday, when first booting an error message came up that my hardware does not support the most recent desktop environment so I should switch to classic. After a bit of googling I found out how to do this.
The problem is that my hardware really doesn't support the current desktop environmet, I can't get the windows to appear, I just get black rectangles in the middle of the screen instead, so the GUI is inaccessable.
I am looking for instructions on changing the desktop environment from a command line (which I can boot to).
I had chosen automatic logon. Then updated to 10.04. During logout to change Desktop Environment/Session, I noticed that GDM login screen had an option for KDE session although I had not installed KDE. I got curious. So I tried it. System hangs. Restart does not help because somehow gdm proceeds to the KDE session although I did not choose it to be default session. So I had only CLI left.
I got over it by stopping gdm (/etc/init.d/gdm stop) and removing gdm and installing xdm. Anyway, what is the proper way? How to order desktop environment from CLI and/or where is the default desktop environment option written in a file?
Is there any way to install a Ubuntu server and access the server remotely via a Ubuntu desktop environment instead of a SSH command line?
I will be installing a Ubuntu server in an office where the office manager will need to be able to do simple things like add/remove users, access filesystems, etc. She can handle these tasks in Ubuntu desktop/GUI, but it is impractical for her to have to learn how to use the CLI terminal to do this stuff.
Will I have to install desktop Ubuntu on the server to do this, or can I install Ubuntu server version and setup another computer Ubuntu desktop to remotely login graphically?
I have a Debian Linux desktop. I want to change the screen's brightness without pressing the brightness button of my monitor. How can I do this? is this possible in command line or is there an application to be installed?
Now I know this is an Ubuntu forum, but my question is really for Linux distros in general. An obvious newbie to linux, I was just wondering if I could change the default desktop environment that comes with distros: for example Ubuntu comes with GNOME. There is a way to change that to something like, for example, xfce or Openbox right? Or are these environments set for each distro?
I have read many articles by eminent Linux users who laugh off, when they are asked "is a command line knowledge necessary"?. They go on to say that Linux Distros have evolved so much that the GUI is sufficient! I use my Win.desktop for 1)checking the news, 2)checking my e-mail, 3)writing a blog, 4)Listening to music, and 5)since i am a consultant physician, with specialization in diabetology,keeping up with the trends by visiting a few professional websites! So, my needs are few!Which Distribution would you suggest to a completely Linux-ignorant person,and that's me!
I would like to know how I can change my default desktop environement. I don't use gdm at all, I don't want to. I prefer startx (I boot into terminal mode). Also, I would like a global setting. not ~/.xinitrc
For example in fedora the default desktop is setup in this file: /etc/sysconfig/desktop. So I can change the default desktop for all users just by modifying this file. How can this be done in ubuntu?
i got my fedora 12 cd today. only thing is, i got the KDE version instead of the gnome version, which i want for software compatibility reasons. if i install the KDE version, how do i go about uninstalling the KDE and switching over to gnome
I am new to Linux and I just installed Debian Jessie about a week ago. I have been tweaking it and learning the command line and all that, but I also have been reading and studying about different aspects of Debian that I was unaware of before I installed it. Because of my reading, I think that I would like to change my desktop environment. When I installed Debian, I consciously chose the Cinnamon desktop because I felt that the simplicity would suit my needs, but I have recently read about KDE and I think that it has some features that I would be interested in. Is it possible to change my desktop environment now, even though I have already installed Debian? If so, how difficult is it?
On a very closely related question, I do have an extra 60 GB partition just sitting there with nothing on it. As an alternative to the above scenario of changing desktop environments before I know exactly which one I will like better, I can make another installation of Debian on my free partition and run both Cinnamon and KDE side-by-side for a little while until I learn which one suits my needs the best.
I understand the basics, where certain files are located, how to change basic things, and very basic stuff with the command line (I use it to organize my files mainly). If at all possible could you supply me with a guide - be a website or a book to:
1) Just the general layout of the system (whats in the depth of the /etc folder and what naught)
2) How to more efficiently use the command line. As in where I am not giving in and using the GUI all the time.
3) What programming language(s) should I learn. I am thinking C and Python to start.
I decided to install Chromium OS to my dad's netbook, and it works perfectly. The only problem is that i can't change the time. Luckily, I can access a command line by pressing CTRL+ALT+T. So maybe I can change it from the command line.
I upgraded to Ubuntu 10.4 and for various reasons I found myself selecting a KDE session without KDE being installed. This has locked me into a situation where I can't boot up/log in properly. I can get to a command line and start the x environment as root. How can I re-set any user's preferences to default (via the CL)? Ie, I'd like to re-set a user (myself) so that I can again choose the log in to a gnome session.
i'm running a 9.1 server. I had the ubuntu-desktop installed for training purposes and I decided to remove it.I followed these steps:URL...Now when I restart the server, I do not have access to my command line. Or more correctly, I dont have a prompt to enter anything into. the last thing it shows on startup is:restarting OpenBSD Secure Shell server sshd.I can login remotely with no issue. Apache is working fine. MYSQL is working fine, Memcached is working fine. But no clue how to manage the server from the server itself.
I built Ubuntu desktop up from a server install. I'm using Gnome. I want to change the system's language, and I have no menu option to enter System>Preferences>Language Support. I need to either:1.) Install whatever will place that option in the menu.2.) Affect the change via the command line (preferable).I just can't figure out what to install and Google only produces GUI tutorials. =/
is there a way to change the gdm login screen (either the background image or the text in the login window) from the command line?i'd like to check several things at boot and report that on the gdm login screnn.
Is there a complete mirror list you can choose from the command line. There is good way doing it from Administration > Software Sources. However.. if you don't have X.. is there an easy way to choose between different sources(mirrors) without editing the sources.lst manually, but choosing for example main mirror or some other faster one let's say in your region?
On Ubuntu Desktop editions, there is a GUI application which allows easily changing to a different server. It can even find out how one is the fastest update server.Is there a corresponding command line tool available to do this? Because I'm using the Server edition without GUI. I hate to manually edit /etc/apt/source.list.
Just got the new Dual Quad Server and after the installation was completed, It was the destkop edition... Can I get a reference on how to install the "Command Line Only" version of CentOS, OR Can I run the desktop edition and still be able to host VPS's and Web Servers, etc...
how to enable remote desktop by command line in 10.4 lucid? The command sudo gconftool-2 -s -t bool/desktop /gnome/remote_access/enabled true doesn't work, because when I open /system/pref/remote desktop, it is still not activated.