In the next few weeks I'm going to be seriously trying KDE. I've noticed that I'm slowly ripping more and more out of the default Ubuntu system so I can stick with one panel on the bottom of the screen (Win95-style) so it seems to make sense to move to a KDE than stay with the sinking, unmaintained ship that is gnome-panel.
I'll be testing in a persisting Live USB environment but assuming I like KDE, I'll want to migrate my existing install. A fresh Kubuntu install would take me too long to re-set-up all my server stuff.
So, what's the best way to install a proper KDE environment and then clean out the Gnome environment?
In the past, I've installed
kubuntu-desktop to play with but this has trashed both environments with extra applications and dodgy file associations.
In a slightly separate vein, is it possible to have Gnome and KDE installed on the same instance of Ubuntu without them trashing each other with their own applications?