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    Is it possible to switch between different window managers in Ubuntu? Say, I wanted to install Kubuntu to have KDE, does that mean I can also run GNOME or not? What about other window managers like WindowMaker or Enlightenment? Can this be done?

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    Yes, it's possible to install different desktop environments and window managers with Ubuntu. You install them the same way you do everything else:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install XXXXX
    Where XXXXX is the name of the DE/WM you want to install. The actual names of the packages might not be what you're expecting (for instance, KDE is kde-base if I remember correctly), so you might have to look those up.
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    look up how?

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    Ubuntu is pretty straight forward.

    You want to install KDE and the usual desktop that comes with it? Then
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop
    will do the trick.

    For XFCE4 it's
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
    And for the Ubuntu desktop...
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    what i mean is......is there a way of looking up the names of the applications you want to install?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikolaos
    what i mean is......is there a way of looking up the names of the applications you want to install?
    I could be wrong (I'm not that familiar with Debian/Ubuntu) but the command you're looking for might be:
    Code:
    sudo apt-search XXXXX
    where XXXXX is the name you're looking for.
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    easiest way is to use the Synaptics Package Manager in the System > Administration Menu. you can scroll through, search, and install straight from there.
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    Here is a good how-to for apt-get and synaptics:
    http://monkeyblog.org/ubuntu/installing.html
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