Is there a way to install Unity or Gnome Shell along with Lubuntu?

I’m using Lubuntu for a while now, but found a couple of details that I wanted to view with Unity (that’s another story).

Ok, the thing is: I’ve tried on a VM with Lubuntu to install Unity (sudo apt-get install unity) When the installation is over. I selected in the Lubuntu login Unity/Unity2D but did not work.

Right now I’m installing ubuntu-desktop, I am presuming that will work, but also it will change my login for example.

Is there a way to do a “clean” installation of Unity but not make major changes on my Lubuntu?

I would prefer Gnome-Shell instead of Unity.

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

To install unity, run the following command in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

To install gnome-shell, do the same in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

You can choose the default login manager as per your preference.

Solution 2

It is very easy to install Gnome-shell in Lubuntu 12.10.

Open Synaptic Package Manager, reload it, search for Gnome-shell and install it. There is no need to install Ubuntu-desktop.

You can also agree to install GDM, which would give you a nice log in screen.

Restart and log into Gnome.

I am writing from Lubuntu + Gnome shell. No crashes.

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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