Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

So I'm going to install KDE in Precise. I found that there wasn't an entry for Plasma Desktop (only KDE apps) in the software center, so I fired up Synaptic to look for the packages.

However, now I'm finding way too many of these. There's kde-standard, kde-workspace, plama-desktop, plasma-netbook, kde-plamsa-desktop...

I went and looked online, but with differing instructions, too. I think the most common were between "install kubuntu-desktop" and "add the kubuntu-ppa/backports repo" (which is probably not the one I want).

My question is... what's with all these different packages? Is there any difference between them? Which one should I install?

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

up vote 5 down vote accepted

I've checked the packages that apt-get install would install for each of these. These aren't complete lists, but only list the differences from my Unity (ie., without any KDE programs) setup.

plasma-netbook and plasma-desktop differ only by whether they install the netbook or the desktop interface. kde-workspace is identical to plasma-desktop.

kde-plasma-desktop will install a few KDE programs: Dolphin, Konqueror, kde-baseapps, konsole, kwrite, and kde-passwd.

kde-standard installs a bunch of stuff on top of kde-desktop: Akregator, Ark, Dragonplayer, gnupg, Kaddressbook, Kate, KDE wallpapers, Kmail, etc.

kubuntu-desktop installs even more than kde-standard. kubuntu-desktop is the package you would download from the Ubuntu website if you wanted Kubuntu, but if you only want the Plasma interface, not any of the default programs, plasma-desktop might be sufficient.

share|improve this answer
    
Excellent. I just might install kde-plasma-desktop considering that some of the GNOME programs don't exactly look "in place" in KDE. –  TreefrogInc May 11 '12 at 2:44
    
Great explanation, but I'm a bit unsure as to where kde-desktop fits in the hierarchy. Also, which additional packages specifically does kubuntu-desktop install (or could you give some examples)? –  Sparhawk Oct 25 '12 at 10:49
    
This thread is 18 months old and three releases out of date. Run apt-cache depends to see what packages would be installed by any of the metapackages above. –  pconley Oct 25 '12 at 19:12

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.