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Is there any difference between KDE and Kubuntu ?

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kde is just a desktop environment like gnome, unity, xfce etc. kubuntu is using kde as default intead of gnome or unity. you can also install kde in ubuntu

sudo apt-get install kde-plasma-desktop

it will install kde with some base apps, then you can chose between unity and kde on login screen

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I guess KDE is a desktop manager while Kubuntu is an official Ubuntu release using the KDE desktop manger.

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If I want to Install KDE, should I Install kubuntu using Synaptic ? –  Curious Apprentice May 4 '12 at 11:02
No need at all. :) You just need to install kubuntu-plasma-desktop. Please refer to this psychocats.net/ubuntu/kde –  harisibrahimkv May 4 '12 at 11:24

KDE is a desktop environment build on the OS , to be more precise you can install KDE on any Linux distributions like OPENSUSE , REDHAT......and also in Windows .

Ubuntu have their thing as Unity while we still can install GNOME and KDE desktop environment to work with .

It's all left for you to make sure with what you are comfortable and see it in your desktop . Give a try for all these things and find out your comfortable zone

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There is no significant diffrences

kde is the desktop environment and kubuntu is the official ubuntu spin with kde as the default de instead of unity

when you are installing kde in ubuntu (via apt-get install kubuntu-desktop) It install kde along side gnome/unity apps(ie it will not replace unity )

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I've been an Ubuntu user for some time but now looking at moving to a KDE desktop and thinking about installing Kubuntu on my newly rebuilt laptop, however I have an Ubuntu One account and use it a great deal. From what I've been reading there are problems running the Ubuntu One client on Kubuntu, therefore am I better off installing Ubuntu (12.10) and simply adding the KDE desktop afterwards? Would my Ubuntu One client still function in the KDE environment???

Any help appreciated!


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You should post this as a question. You're more likely to have an answer. –  Philippe Blayo Jan 15 '13 at 8:50

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