Ubuntu – Is there a GUI app for managing Desktop Environments


newbie here. UX Designer learning to code. I did a search for this but couldn't find an answer so I'm sorry if this is a dumb question.

I'm running Ubuntu 16.04. I've been trying out a couple of different Desktop Environments and it's resulted in too many applications made for those desktop environments clogging up my application folders. I'm current using Plasma which I think I'll probably stick with it (though I'm also thinking about taking a look at KDE Neon too).

I already know how to remove stuff via the CLI I think, but I was hoping there was a GUI way so that I could see everything all at once maybe?

I also don't know if I'm actually removing them correctly because when I removed xfce4 it removed it but the xfce terminal is still available in the menu, so I don't know if that means I have to go through and uninstall manually every single part of the desktop environment separately?

Best Answer

The answer to this question, as of August 2018 is "no" as far as I can tell. After my original foray into trying DEs I had to completely reinstall my system as things were acting so buggy. Since then I've learned a bit more and modified my default DE applications (like trying out lightdm for login instead of gdm etc) but mostly I've found it best to just stick with one DE and not mess with stuff to much.

I also did hear about an old project called crunchbang which is no longer running, but took an interesting extremely modular approach to DEs. It continues on under a couple of different projects by thge community, one named BunsenLabs if I remember correctly.

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