These steps document how to install elementary OS 5.1 Hera on a brand new Dell XPS 7390 Non-Touch system.
PLEASE NOTE: We install elementary OS without using the official *.iso image. This strategy circumvents the following problems, which are known at the time of this writing (2020-01-11):
First of all, make sure you restore the original factory software of the Dell XPS. You can do this using the Dell Recovery Media or Partition.
After factory reset you’ll end up in the Ubuntu setup configuration. Complete all the steps as you would for using regular Ubuntu. Finally you’ll end up in a freshly configured Ubuntu environment.
Login to the clean Ubuntu environment, open a Terminal and execute the following commands 4:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get -y install software-properties-common sudo add-apt-repository -u -y ppa:elementary-os/os-patches sudo add-apt-repository -u -y ppa:elementary-os/stable sudo apt-get install -y elementary-os-overlay elementary-desktop # # ---| Configuring ligthdm |--- # # gdm3 # >>> lightdm <<< # # <Ok> # ------------------------------ # sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get -y dist-upgrade sudo apt-get -y autoremove sudo apt-get autoclean
We also need to add the repository for AppCenter to install the curated Apps 5:
sudo bash -c 'echo "deb http://packages.elementary.io/appcenter $(lsb_release -sc) main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/appcenter.list' sudo wget -O /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/appcenter.asc http://packages.elementary.io/key.asc sudo apt update
Create a new file
/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf with the following content 6:
Now we are finished and its time to reboot your system. Don’t be surprised, you’ll still see the Ubuntu splash screen during boot - but you should end up in the elementary Greeter.
Once your system sucessfully booted and you’ll see the elementary Greeter, make sure you select the Pantheon Desktop Environment by clicking on the Gear Icon. Then Login and voilà, your elementary OS environment is up & running!