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)
- 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
- 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
It is safe to remove this package if some of the desktop system packages are
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.