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Install KDE Plasma Desktop in Ubuntu 12.04 and 11.10

KDE is preferred desktop by large Linux user base and Canonical acknowledge importance of KDE therefore they have separate edition named as KUbuntu. KDE applications are based upon Qt Framework and many open-source applications make use of Qt Framework which works natively in KDE.

If you don’t like Unity Interface and installed GNOME-Shell and didn’t liked it either and don’t want to download KUbuntu separately then this tutorial is for you. KDE is present in Ubuntu repositories and can be easily installed. You should try KDE desktop if you are disappointed by Unity and GNOME-Shell. KDE is featured filled desktop with very beautiful look and feel. It allows you to make a desktop according to your needs by installing widgets according to your interests and customizing themes of your KDE desktop. For deployment and administration KDE performs well with the help of KDE authorization framework.

Click the following button to install KDE Plasma Desktop on your existing Ubuntu 11.10 installation.

KDE Plasma Desktop

For full set of KDE packages which includes additional applications/packages click following link.

Additional Packages

When installation is complete restart your computer and login by selecting KDE as your session in LightDM.

Note: Updated for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin on 27th April, 2012

  • Anonymous

    KDE мне больше по душе, чем непонятная “Юнити”

  • Amir_babfish

    once I install this, will my GNOME remain untouched?
    Is it possible to have them simultaneously on same ubuntu?

    • http://it-diary.com/ Rizwan Asif

      yes you can keep both by this method. you can select kde or gnome from lightdm

      • http://techmansworld.blogspot.com/ MHazell

        Good to know. This won’t conflict with Unity in any way, right?

        • http://it-diary.com/ Rizwan Asif

          no it won’t conflict with unity however you’ll see additional kde apps in unity

  • http://it-diary.com/ Rizwan Asif

    yes you can keep both by this method. you can select kde or gnome from lightdm

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  • Paint – Splat

    KDE is the best in looks and speed BUT it can be complicated to do simple things with it like shutting down with KDE, etc….

  • Netvano

    единственный минус которой меня останавливает от установки KDE, так это сильное сходство с windows

  • Nives

    Thank you very much. I’m really fed up with this Unity crap in recent versions of Ubuntu and will switch to KDE desktop as soon as I get some more time to thoroughly explore KDE, as it would be completely new to me. But from what I see on my friends’ laptops it will be a huge improvement over current miserable Ubuntu desktop.

  • ElectricPrism

    I want the Unity Launcher on the bottom – I don’t care that it’s more efficient for Widescreen 16:9 monitors – 2 of my 3 monitors are 4:3 and I’m not interested in using any computer with a vertical resolution of less than 1000 pixels.

    As of your writing this post – Kubuntu is no longer under the wings of Canonical with financial support and their funding has ceased and now they’re with a company called Blue Systems.

  • http://twitter.com/Saint_Byte Verified Account

    Can say one install Kubunti-Desktop on Ubunti – wrong way

  • http://techmansworld.blogspot.com/ MHazell

    Great tutorial.

  • monoe

    how toremove it?

  • Anton Yablokov

    apt://kde-standardInstall returns ‘Not Found’ in Software Center. How to install KDE on Ubuntu 12.04 and is it possible at all?

    • http://it-diary.com/ Rizwan Asif

      refresh your sources if your encounter such problem. Do it by going to terminal and running sudo apt-get update