How to Install Kylin Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Ubuntu Kylin is the official Chinese version of Ubuntu however supports English. It has been described as a “loose continuation” to its parent operating system with some differences in appearance and functionality. Still, most importantly, it’s explicitly designed for approval in mainland China, but international users are welcome to use it.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Kylin Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the command line terminal.

Update Ubuntu

First, ensure your system is up-to-date, as this is critical when installing new desktop environments using the following command.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Kylin Desktop Environment

sudo apt install ubuntukylin-desktop -y

The installation will take roughly 1GB to download and require over 3GB in additional space.

Next, during the installation, you will see the following prompt window.

Example:

How to Install Kylin Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 22.04

As the above output has stated, this message informs you about which display manager to choose.

For Unity Desktop, this will be “lightdm”.

Press the “TAB” key to select <Ok> and press your “ENTER KEY” to proceed.

Example:

How to Install Kylin Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 22.04

Once installed, reboot your PC.

reboot

First Look Ubuntu Kylin Desktop Environment

Once you have returned to your login screen, you will immediately notice the background has changed.

Login to proceed to your new desktop environment.

Example (Click to Enlarge Image):

Once logged in, you will notice a beautiful desktop, similar to a Windows type of look in some ways, as China is trying to phase out its reliance on Microsoft Windows but with the essence of Ubuntu and Linux in mind.

Example (Click to Enlarge Image):

How to Install Kylin Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 22.04

The English translations have worked well, the only thing you may struggle with is the Kylin App store which focuses solely on Chinese, but you can install software with flatpak, snap, and PPA’s, so you have alternatives.

Example (Click to Enlarge Image):

How to Install Kylin Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 22.04

Example (Click to Enlarge Image):

How to Install Kylin Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 22.04

Switching Default Display Managers

In the future, if you want to change the default display manager back to GDM to use GNOME and so on from the Unity and LightDM display manager.

Open your terminal, then re-run the pop-up to configure the default display manager using the following command.

sudo dpkg-reconfigure sddm

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to import the required repository and install the Kylin Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional desktop environment, Kylin is an excellent option. It has all of the features you need, designed specifically for users in mainland China. Have you tried using Kylin? Let us know what you think in the comments!



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