What happened to my desktop?

Hi. First time Budgie user here.
The initial install of Budgie gave me this desktop environment & menu screen.

Somehow, I now have this?

What happened & how can I revert the change?
Additional info:

  • Laptop with docking station & external monitors
  • Graphics: Intel Xe
  • OS name: Ubuntu 23.04
  • OS type: 64-bit
  • GNOME ver: 44.3
  • Windowing System: Wayland
  • Kernel: 6.2.0-32-generic
  • Installation: minimal

You have installed a package that has pulled in the gnome-shell desktop environment.

So first question - what did you install?

If you don’t want gnome-shell you can purge it via

sudo apt purge gnome-shell gnome-shell-common

Do look closely before typing “Y” to confirm what it is about to remove

Possibly you may have also installed the following packages

gnome-control-center, ubuntu-session,  gdm3 and maybe many more

you can safely remove those as well

sudo apt purge packagename

^^^ i.e. substitute “packagename” with one of the packages described above.

Finally clean up and reboot

sudo apt autoremove
reboot --

FYI: Settings > Ubuntu Desktop looks like this.

In the Appearance section, I can only change the light / dark theme & background image.

Good question. Various apps, some from the Software Centre, some from .deb packages

OK, if I’m using the gnome-shell desktop environment now, what was I using in the beginning? What name am I looking for?

You were using budgie desktop - so anything with “budgie” in the package name are things to look for

Key to budgie are ubuntu-budgie-desktop, budgie-desktop-environment and budgie-desktop

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Before doing that, I’ll try & figure out what depends on these packages.

Hello, Aletered-Ego!
Here is my sollution:

  1. Boot into Ubuntu.
  2. At the login screen, click the gear icon next to your username.
  3. Select “Budgie Desktop” from the list of desktop environments.
  4. Log in to your account.

If this does not work, you may need to reinstall the Budgie desktop environment. To do this, open a terminal window and run the following command:

sudo apt install budgie-desktop

Once the Budgie desktop environment is reinstalled, reboot your computer and you should be able to log in to the Budgie desktop environment by default.

Thank you VictiniFan360. I’ll give that a try. It certainly sounds easier than removing the GNOME desktop.