Most of us know Ubuntu by it’s default gnome desktop look, but very few have ever tried other forms of desktop environment that are available besides gnome for ubuntu. There are four other main desktop environments for Ubuntu:
kubuntu, based on K Desktop Environment.
Edubuntu, is based on both gnome and K desktop environment, but it’s designed for young users. Edubuntu also provides three different theme setups, ‘young’, for younger users, ‘plain’ for a clean desktop setup, and ‘default’, which is a general purpose theme setup.
Xubuntu uses the Xfce desktop environment, arguably the lightest, fastest linux desktop environment out there.
Gobuntu, strictly follows Free Software Foundation’s four freedoms. Which means there will be no firmware, drivers, applications, or content included in Gobuntu that does not include the full source or whose license does not provide the right to use, study, modify, and redistribute the body of work.
One way to install all these desktop environments would be to use synaptic package manger under ubuntu and search for the string “desktop”, and choose one package at a time, they will automatically choose their dependencies and necessary file to install. like this:
be warned that the total size of this installation will be quite big and depending on your internet connection might take quite long.
However, there is an easier way to install all this package in one single line of command onthe terminal. Just type this and enter your password when prompted for it: sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop xubuntu-desktop gobuntu-desktop edubuntu-desktop
After completing the installation, when you reboot you will have the option to choose you desktop environment to log into: