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
  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

Sysadmin on the everlasting journey of learning. Always in search for an opportunity to prove myself and to learn something new. My addiction is learning and my main goal is to excel in every aspect of Linux/Unix system administration.


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