Install KDE Desktop in Ubuntu

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KDE is a powerful graphical desktop environment for Unix workstations. It combines ease of use, contemporary functionality and outstanding graphical design with the technological superiority of the Unix operating system. KDE is a completely new desktop, incorporating a large suite of applications for Unix workstations. While KDE includes a window manager, file manager, panel, control center and many other components that one would expect to be part of a contemporary desktop environment, the true strength of this exceptional environment lies in the interoperability of its components.

By default Ubuntu desktop installation will install gnome desktop enviroment and if you want to install KDE desktop enviroment you have three options.Those options are

kubuntu-desktop -This is the recommended metapackage to install; the full Kubuntu installation, with all the Kubuntu recommended packages. This includes OpenOffice, Kontact, Konversation, amaroK, K3B, and others.

kde -This will install the following KDE packages: kde-amusements, kdeaccessibility, kdeaddons, kdeadmin, kdeartwork, kdegraphics, kdemultimedia, kdenetwork, kdepim, kdesdk, kdeutils, kdewebdev, kdevelop3 and the kde-core metapackage

kde-core -This will install the core --- the bare-minimum required-- of KDE. That is, kdebase, kdelibs, arts and fontconfig.

If you choose to not install kubuntu-desktop, then you can still get all the Kubuntu-specific tweaks by installing the kubuntu-default-settings package.

First thing you need to make sure you have universe source list under /etc/apt/sources.list file

If you want to install kubuntu-desktop use the following command

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

This will starts installing all the required packages
During this installation process, you will be asked whether you want to use KDM or GDM as your default display manager. If you think you'll use KDE , make KDM your default. If you think you'll use Gnome , keep GDM as your default.Select which one is best for you.


This will complete the installation now you need to logout from ubuntu gnome session and now you are on ubuntu login screen in this you need to select options---> selectsession


You should see the following screen with gnome and kde options you have select kde and click on change session


Now it will disply the following screen in this you want to change to KDE just for this session or if you want to make KDE your default desktop environment.


Once you select the above option it will start loading KDE session you can see this in the following screen


Once it loads complete KDE session here is the KDE desktop for your ubuntu.


Nice KDE Desktop


If you want to switch back to Gnome, just log out and select Gnome from the session menu.

If you want to install only KDE use the following command

sudo apt-get install kde

If you want to install only kde-core use the following command

sudo apt-get install kde-core

Uninstall KDE in ubuntu

If you want to uninstall KDE session use the following command

sudo apt-get remove kubuntu-desktop

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  1. Uninstall KDE in ubuntu
    If you want to uninstall KDE session use the following command
    sudo apt-get remove kubuntu-desktop

    that do not real remove KDE

    must use string:

    sudo aptitude purge adept gtk2-engines-gtk-qt gwenview kdebase-data kdelibs-data knewsticker-scripts koffice-data ksysguardd language-pack-kde-en language-pack-kde-ru language-pack-kde-uk libavahi-qt3-1 libdbus-qt-1-1c2 libmimelib1c2a libpoppler1-qt libpythonize0 libqt4-core pykdeextensions python2.4-qt3 python2.4-sip4-qt3 qca-tls qobex akregator amarok amarok-arts amarok-xine ark artsbuilder atlantik atlantikdesigner k3b kaddressbook kaddressbook-plugins kaffeine kaffeine-xine kamera karm katapult kate kate-plugins kaudiocreator kcontrol kcron kde-guidance kde-i18n-uk kde-style-lipstik kde-systemsettings kdeaddons kdeaddons-kfile-plugins kdeadmin-kfile-plugins kdebase-bin kdebase-kio-plugins kdebluetooth kdegraphics-kfile-plugins kdelibs-bin kdelibs4c2a kdemultimedia-kfile-plugins kdemultimedia-kio-plugins kdenetwork-filesharing kdenetwork-kfile-plugins kdepasswd kdepim-kio-plugins kdepim-kresources kdepim-wizards kdeprint kdesktop kdm kdnssd keep kfind kghostview khelpcenter kicker kicker-applets kio-apt kio-locate klaptopdaemon klipper kmail kmailcvt kmenuedit kmilo kmix kmobiletools kmplayer-base kmplayer-konq-plugins knetworkconf knotes koffice-libs konq-plugins konqueror konqueror-nsplugins konsole kontact konversation kooka kopete korganizer kpdf kpf kppp krdc krfb krita krita-data kscd kscreensaver ksig ksmserver ksnapshot ksplash ksplash-engine-moodin kubuntu-artwork-usplash ksvg ksysguard ksystemlog ktorrent kubuntu-default-settings kubuntu-desktop kubuntu-docs kubuntu-konqueror-shortcuts kwalletmanager kwifimanager kwin kwin-style-crystal language-pack-kde-en-base language-pack-kde-ru-base language-pack-kde-uk-base language-selector-qt libarts1-akode libk3b2 libkcal2b libkcddb1 libkdegames1 libkdepim1a libkipi0 libkleopatra1 libkmime2 libkonq4 libkpimexchange1 libkpimidentities1 libkscan1 libksieve0 libktnef1 libqt4-gui libskim0 noatun noatun-plugins openoffice.org-kde python-kde3 python2.4-kde3 qt4-dev-tools skim wlassistant

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  2. I was curios how will look kde beside gnome (I try standalone kubuntu –this is an other matter ) and I try every time I had the chance , one at a time , the three alternative . And They work fine. I stick with kubuntu-desktop.And here comes my problem . I don’t want to see the loading screen with kubuntu I want my Ubuntu loading screen ( the one where it shows ubuntu logo and name and the loading progress bar ).I don’t know the screen name , I know it is not boot screen (these one I master ) , I know it is not splash screen ( I install a lot of these and they don’t fix my problem). Can you tell me a way to fix that ( if possible).
    Thank you

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