I got a Raspberry PI 4 running 64bit Ubuntu Server. Now I have a bash prompt want a desktop environment. Hopefully, the PIXEL desktop to minimize differences from stock Raspbian.

A quick google turned up no obvious "apt install <>" suggestions.

Which packages can I install (or recompile) to get the Pixel desktop running?

Thanks in advance,


  • There's no such thing as PIXEL. Google sent a cease and desist notice to the RPF folks and they renamed it.
    – Dougie
    Nov 28, 2019 at 10:49
  • Given the "distracted idiot" legal test (i'm the idiot) I think Google has a cause of action. Can you say what RPF changed the name TO? Nov 30, 2019 at 16:11
  • raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspberry-pi-desktop DebIan with Raspberry Pi Desktop. Current version is based on 32-bit DebIan Buster.
    – Dougie
    Nov 30, 2019 at 16:24

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The Raspberry PIXEL is a 32 bit window desktop manager. We have to wait for a 64 bit version. Until then you can try LXDE or Enlightenment 64 bit window managers supported by Ubuntu OS.

  • Current DebIan with Raspberry Pi desktop is 32-bit so that it is compatible with ancient hardware. I'd doubt it would go to 64-bit until DebIan Bullseye emerges as a stable [sic] version in a couple of year's time.
    – Dougie
    Nov 28, 2019 at 10:51

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