Ivan Tomica

Convert Ubuntu proper to ElementaryOS

With the release of Juno I decided to give it a try and pretty much liked it on laptop. In fact I liked it so much that I decided to install it on desktop as well.

On my main rig I run Ubuntu proper (18.04 + KDE installed manually). Since I have everything set up, and am lazy to reinstall machine unnecessarily, I’ve decided to just convert that install to ElementaryOS so here are the steps I did to achieve that:

  1. Add repositories:
    • ElementaryOS stable repositories:
      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/stable
    • OS Patches:
      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/os-patches
    • Appcenter repositories:
      cat <<EOF >> appcenter.list 
      deb https://packages.elementary.io/appcenter bionic main
      EOF
  2. Update repository cache:
    apt update
  3. Upgrade packages:
    apt upgrade
  4. Install elementary desktop:
    apt install elementary-desktop

Once that’s done you can reboot the machine.

Bonus point is to change your login manager as well. If you wish to switch to LightDM you can use:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure lightdm

And select lightdm in the list

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