How to Install UbuntuDDE on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

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The Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE) is a default desktop environment for the Linux Deepin distribution. It is also available for other Linux distributions such as UbuntuDDE. DDE is known for its sleek and elegant design. It combines modern aesthetics with traditional desktop productivity with a simple, clean, minimalistic dock and Launcher that allows quick access to apps and settings.

Other features include the Deepin Music Player, Deepin Mail, Deepin Movie Player, Deepin Image Viewer, and Deepin Terminal. The Deepin Extra is a collection of additional applications that are not part of the core Deepin experience but add helpful functionality. These include the Deepin Calculator, Deepin Clone, Deepin Screen Recorder, and Deepin screenshot tool. UbuntuDDE is an unofficial derivative of Ubuntu that combines the beauty of Deepin with the simplicity of Ubuntu. It is available in two editions – Standard and Ultimate (Full). The Standard edition includes all the features of the standard Ubuntu system with the addition of the DDE desktop environment. The Ultimate edition includes media codecs, graphics drivers, and language support packs.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install UbuntuDDE on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the command line terminal and the official UbuntuDDE team LaunchPAD PPA.

Please note that UbuntuDDE 22.04 LTS has not been officially released. However, for users eager to try it, it’s finally in a workable state to install but bugs maybe encountered. As usual, do not install this environment if you are not prepared to do backups or re-installs. More information can be found on the UbuntuDDE website. I will remove this message once officially released.

Update Ubuntu

First, ensure your system is up-to-date using the following command. This is critical when installing alternative desktop environments, graphic drivers, or alternative Linux Kernels.

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sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Install Required Packages

Before installing the Deepin Desktop Environment, run the following command to ensure the next package is installed.

sudo apt install software-properties-common -y

Install UbuntuDDE

To begin the installation, you must add the UbuntuDDE PPA with the following command.

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntudde-dev/stable -y

Before you continue further, run a quick apt update.

sudo apt-get update

Next, install Deepin using the following command.

Option 1. Install UbuntuDDE (Standard):

sudo apt install ubuntudde-dde -y

Option 2. Install UbuntuDDE with Extras (Ultimate):

sudo apt install ubuntudde-dde ubuntudde-dde-extras -y

During the installation, you will see the following prompt window.

Example:

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How to Install UbuntuDDE on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

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

For the MATE desktop environments, this will be “lightdm.”

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

Example:

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How to Install UbuntuDDE on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Once the installation has finished, you need to reboot your PC. This can be done quickly while still in your terminal using the following command.

sudo reboot

Change to Deepin Desktop Environment at Login

Once you have restarted your desktop, you will arrive at your login screen. By default, the correct desktop environment should be selected.

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By some chance, if you log in and the correct environment is not enabled, log out and select “X11” instead of the standard environment.

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Once logged in, you will immediately notice many changes, including a very sleek, beautiful blue theme by default.

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How to Install UbuntuDDE on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

The taskbar is located on the left-hand side, which resembles, in my opinion, a native desktop filled more inlined with other distributions that do not follow GNOME compared to 20.04 LTS.

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How to Install UbuntuDDE on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Example folder look:

How to Install UbuntuDDE on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

My first choice would be to open the personalization options and select the dark theme for users that prefer it.

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Lastly, check the fonts tab; from here, you can select something else if you are not entirely happy with what is present.

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How to Install UbuntuDDE on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

How to Update UbuntuDDE

Run the standard apt update && upgrade commands for future updates for the Deepin desktop environment and any default APT packages.

sudo apt update

When updates are available, run the standard upgrade command as you would with any other apt package.

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sudo apt upgrade

Comments and Conclusion

If you are looking for a stable and efficient Ubuntu-based desktop, I would recommend giving UbuntuDDE a try. It has all the features of regular Ubuntu desktops but with a more traditional desktop metaphor that some people may prefer. Additionally, it is worth mentioning that Deepin is also available as an option if you want something even more sleek and fast.

For more information on using Deepin Desktop Environment with UbuntuDDE, visit the official UbuntuDDE community page.

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