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What is the smartest/easiest way to get KDE installed on a VM that is already running GNOME?

Would it be better to create a complete new VM just for KDE (because they don't work well together?)

If the best way to do this is in fact to create a new VM, on virtualbox the only Ubuntus that it has is 32 and 64 bit, it does not specify gnome or kde, it just defaults I think to gnome.

Thanks so much for your guidance!

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What is the smartest/easiest way to get KDE installed on a VM that is already running GNOME?

 sudo apt-get install plasma-desktop (non Kubuntu settings)
 sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop (Kubuntu)
  1. Plasma Desktop: Provides the environment for running and managing applications and integrating interaction of applications. It is designed as generic environment for all kinds of desktop applications, not only applications built on the KDE Platform. It integrates best with applications following the standards used by the KDE Platform.
  2. Kubuntu Desktop: This package depends on all of the packages in the Kubuntu desktop system. Installing this package will include the default Kubuntu Plasma Desktop or Netbook installation. It is safe to remove this package if some of the desktop system packages are not desired.

This package is part of the KDE base workspace module.

Would it be better to create a complete new VM just for KDE (because they don't work well together?)

No, they perfectly work together.

If the best way to do this is in fact to create a new VM, on virtualbox the only Ubuntus that it has is 32 and 64 bit, it does not specify gnome or kde, it just defaults I think to gnome.

No, VM's default to whatever you have installed on them.

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thanks so much! for my purposes should i go with plasma or kubuntu? i do not understand the difference –  Yuck Oct 26 '12 at 18:58
    
and i would be able to use the programs i installed on gnome on kubuntu as well? –  Yuck Oct 26 '12 at 18:59
    
and how would i toggle between the two systems –  Yuck Oct 26 '12 at 19:00
    
Yes, you can use GTK software on KDE an Viceversa. To change between sessions log out select the session you want and log in. –  Uri Herrera Oct 26 '12 at 19:03
    
Screenshot :) –  Evandro Silva Oct 26 '12 at 19:03

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