I want to install KDE on Ubuntu 9.04. I would like to be able to keep my current stuff (settings, files, oh and GNOME). I would also like to choose which one to load before/right after I login. Can this be done and if so how?

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At a terminal run

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

to install the KDE desktop environment. You will be prompted to choose your default desktop choice, but will also have the option to select at login which environment to use.

If you decide later you don't want it just run

sudo apt-get remove kubuntu-desktop

from the terminal to remove it


Here's the step-by-step instructions:


You might want to give it a quick look over to read about some of the issues you might not have thought about... mainly that you'll have cluttered application menus full of KDE applications and Gnome applications. :-)

Hope this helps.

  • Too late. I wish I had read that though. But the cluttered programs isn't that bad. I still upvoted you, it's not your fault you got here late. ;-)
    – Kredns
    Jul 16, 2009 at 0:41

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