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It is possible to install KDE4 with plasma and effects, but without default applications like Dolphin? I already have XFCE with all useful applications.

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Yes, It seems it is possible to have KDE experience without basic KDE apps. You have to install plasma-desktop package. But this will be too basic KDE to experience anything, and also note thunar or nautilus won't integrate good with KDE.

To install plasma-desktop:

  • Open a terminal and use the command sudo apt-get install plasma-desktop

    or using Software Center Install via the software center

To install a good but minimal KDE experience, I suggest installing kde-plasma-desktop package. It includes basic KDE workspace with file managers, text editors, terminal emulator etc.

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