Ubuntu – How to set the default desktop environment on 18.04 (Bionic)


I've installed Gnome Flashback and can select it on the log in screen:
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Unfortunately, every time I restart I'm automatically logged into the original "Ubuntu" (Gnome 3) environment again. The solutions in these related questions don't work anymore:

how to set default session in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS?

How do I change the default session for when using auto-logins?

Specifically, setting user-session to gnome-flashback-metacity in /usr/share/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/50-ubuntu.conf has no effect.

How do I fix this?

Best Answer

  • You could reconfigure your default display manager using these steps in the terminal. I am assuming that your default is gdm3 and you want to move to lightdm

    $ sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm3