I install Debian 8.5 Jessie, but in the installation it show me Select and install Software exactly in the desktop environment. enter image description here

After taking this photo, I selected all and install it.

Now, when I use debian, can I use all the desktop environments, how can I now switch between them ? thank you

  • Did you notice the button screenshot? Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 11:38
  • Your image does not show that you selected all. If you missed some, then add them after install. Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 11:39

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Yes, you can use all of them. Even some that are not even there!

You will have to install the ones you haven't included when installing Debian. A simple

$ apt-get install desktop-of-choice

will do the trick. You can also use the program "synaptic" if you want a graphical interface for installing new software.

In order to change between desktop environments you will have to log out and change it in the log in screen.


you should be able to install all the desktop systems and select the one you wish to use on the login screen. You should then also be able to set a default desktop environment to use.

I have never tried this myself, but I have a co-worker who set up his machine like that and it works fairly well. Only issues I have seen myself was when my wife accidently installed the Edubuntu Desktop on top of the KDE one.

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    I have done it. Also if you are using the more modern desktops with xxxx extension, then you can switch without logging out, or closing any other application. Commented Jul 22, 2016 at 8:34

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