November 3, 2013

Install the Pantheon "Elementary" desktop on Ubuntu

Pantheon desktop environment

Pantheon is a new desktop environment that comes with elementary OS. It has a mac like look and feel and has been designed very well. It looks superb specially on laptops and can give you a cool looking desktop that you want to show off.

It can be installed on Ubuntu if you want to get the elementary OS like look and feel without changing the OS. In this example we are installing it on Ubuntu 13.04



Add the elementary ppa to ubuntu

The elementary ppa provides all the necessary packages to get the Pantheon desktop environment. Add it to ubuntu repositories like this. Also make sure to update.

# sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:elementary-os/daily
# sudo apt-get update

Now install the elementary desktop

# sudo apt-get install elementary-desktop

Thats it, now log out and on the login page, the Pantheon desktop should be visible in the list of desktop environments.

Fix the missing wallpaper issue

There seems to be a bug in the way Pantheon is installed which causes the wallpaper to go missing and a white desktop background displayed instead. To fix this run the following command in your terminal

# gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.background active true

Again logout and login back, and the wallpaper should display fine.

Install elementary tweaks

The next useful thing to install along with pantheon desktop is the elementary tweaks extension, which allows to tweak the pantheon desktop in some ways.

# sudo apt-add-repository ppa:versable/elementary-update
# sudo apt-get update

Now install
$ sudo apt-get install elementary-tweaks
Elementary tweaks will appear as an additional icon in System Settings dialog. Over there you can configure the plank, slingshot etc.
So have fun with your Pantheon desktop and njoy!!