How To Install KDE Desktop Environment In Ubuntu 12.10

In the world of Linux desktop environments, the one that dominate are Gnome, Unity and KDE. There are several other desktop environments but these three are the leaders. Ubuntu by default comes with Unity. If you are fan of good old KDE environment then you can either use Kubuntu (a KDE version of Ubuntu) or you can choose to install it along with Unity. Lets see how to install KDE desktop environment in Ubuntu 12.10.

KDE Desktop

Before you start, let me tell you that there are different versions of KDE available, according to the need. We will see what are they and how to install them:

KDE Full:

This is the complete KDE pack. It comes with complete package and core KDE plasma. If your laptop is good at hardware, go for this one. Since it is the complete pack (around 472 MB), it will take some time in downloading and installing. You can install it using the following command:

sudo apt-get install kde-full

KDE Standard:

The standard KDE comes with standard set of KDE apps such as Kate (default text editor), Konqueror (default web browser), Kget (Download Manager), KMail (email client), Dolphin (File Manager) etc. The whole package is around 182 MB in size. You can install it using the following command:

sudo apt-get install kde-standard

KDE Plasma Desktop:

This is just the minimal package of KDE. No apps are installed by default. You can install them later at any time. Ideal in the case when you just want to give it a try. The download size is around 90 MB.

sudo apt-get install kde-plasma-desktop

KDE Plasma Netbook:

No prizes for guessing that this is for netbooks. This light version is best suited with low end systems and netbooks are just that. Install it using:

sudo apt-get install kde-plasma-netbook

Questions or suggestions? Feel free to hit the comment section.


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  • Thahir Koya

    thanks.. you helped me.

    I first tried kubuntu-desktop through software center. But it shows version 1.254. Then i googled and got your site. I installed kde-plasma-desktop. It show only 25.6MB to download.

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  • andrew


    I’m wondering after install KDE, how could I switch between the KDE, Gnome and Unity?

    • Abhishek Prakash


      If you have chosen to “ask for password at login”, you can click on the little “gear” symbol where you enter the password and choose the desktop env there.

  • Julie from the Jungles of Oomb

    Thank you! Your articles are very helpful.