How to install KDE 4.1 in Ubuntu/kubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron)

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On 29th July 2008, The KDE Community released KDE 4.1.0. This release is the second feature release of the KDE 4 series, sporting new applications and newly developed features on top of the Pillars of KDE4. KDE 4.1 is the first KDE4 release to contain the Personal Information Management suite KDE-PIM with its E-Mail client KMail, the planner KOrganizer, Akregator, the RSS feed reader, KNode, the newsgroup reader and many more components integrated into the Kontact shell. Furthermore, the new desktop shell Plasma, introduced in KDE 4.0, has matured to the point where it can replace the KDE 3 shell for most casual users. Like with our previous release much time has been devoted to improving the framework and underlying libraries on which KDE is built. .If you want to know more features in KDE 4.1 check here

KDE 4.1 Highlights

  • Greatly expanded desktop shell functionality and configurability
  • KDE Personal Information Management suite ported to KDE 4
  • Many new and newly ported applications

Install KDE 4.1 in Ubuntu/Kubuntu hardy

You need to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

For Kubuntu Users use the following command

sudo kate /etc/apt/sources.list

add the following line

deb hardy main

save and exit the file

Update the source list using the following command

sudo apt-get update

For Ubuntu 8.04 users use the following command to install

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-kde4-desktop

For Kubuntu 8.04 users use the following command to install

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Note you may need to install kdebase-runtime-data-common in order to get Application directory icons under the Kickoff menu.

To install the KDE 4 PIM packages,use the following commands

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install kdepim-kde4

Enjoy your new KDE 4.1 desktop

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36 Responses

  1. Bill Randle says:

    Can I install KDE along with Gnome and choose which I would like to use for each session?

  2. admin says:


    Yes you can do this,after installing you have a choice of selecting the Gnome or KDE for each session at login screen

  3. Bill Randle says:

    I’ve been very happy with the install and am using KDE daily. I installed some programs (with the package manager) screensavers and some software updates last night. When I started Firefox my bookmarks were missing. I got an error message saying my calendar had wnot been saved properly. I tried shutting completely down, when I try to re-start, I click on KDE session (as always), enter my password (no, not forgotten), and the screen returns to the sign on screen. I tried starting a Knome session, same problem. I tried recovery mode, same problem. I started a (was it terminal?) session and was able to enter my user name and password ok, but what do I do from here? I have the terminal screen.

  4. Ketan says:

    Hi, I faced the following error. How do i resolve it??

    dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/konsole-kde4_4%3a4.1.0-0ubuntu1~hardy1~ppa2_amd64.deb (–unpack):
    trying to overwrite `/usr/share/applications/kde4/konsole.desktop’, which is also in package konsole
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

  5. Raybuntu says:

    Hi Ketan. You must first remove konsole from within adept. Then install konsole-kde4. I had these errors when upgrading before and removing the previous version allowed the new install. Hope this helps.

  6. Brv says:

    Im confess.
    Im use kde 4.0.3 kubuntu 8.04 now, if I try dist-upgrade will be 9.10? but I really dont want upgrade to 9.10 but I want to kde 4.1 still 8.04

    sry for bad english

    – Brv

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