KDE have just released a major update to their famous Linux desktop environment. If you are an Ubuntu user, then you might want to try this out. Play with it. See whether it can beat Unity or Gnome Shell… So, let me tell you how to install the new KDE on your Ubuntu 11.10 machine. Before that, there’s something you should know…
Things you should know before proceeding… [Must Read!]
First of all, always remember that curiosity kills the cat!
KDE is a lot different from Gnome and you might take some time to adjust to it
We are going to use a backport ppa. These PPAs contain newer versions of software but they are not Secure and Stable as the packages in the main repo. So, there’s a risk!
Do this only if you know what you are doing!
The Easiest (And the most recommended) method :
Download Kubuntu and install it. It’s the version of Ubuntu which contains the KDE desktop by default. If you have it, then go ahead to the next step…
Next, open the Konsole (Terminal) and enter the following commands to upgrade :
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- Reboot your machine and you should have KDE 4.8
The Hardest (Not recommended) method :
If you have Ubuntu (With Gnome or other desktop environment), this is how to install KDE 4.8 (This method is a bit risky… But you will survive!) But, if you follow this step, you can easily switch between Gnome and KDE in the future! :
- Open a terminal and enter the following commands to install Kubuntu desktop with KDE 4.8 :
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During the installation, it will ask which display manager you want to use. Select the one you want. (If you want to keep KDE, better choose KDM)
After installation, reboot and on the login screen, remember to choose “KDE Plasma Workspace” as the desktop. Remember you selected the display manager? Depending on your choice, you’ll be greeted with KDM or Lightdm (the default one). The below screenshots will show you how to select KDE on both of them (Click the button circled in red and you’ll get the list) :