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I just installed kubuntu-desktop, everything seems to be working fine and I am enjoying KDE. But the cursor is not the default KDE one, its the same old GNOME cursor. How can I solve this issue.

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From a terminal:

sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme

This should give you a list of available cursor themes and which one is in "auto" mode. To change the default (auto) cursor, enter its corresponding number and press Enter.

For example:

~$ sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme
There are 7 choices for the alternative x-cursor-theme (providing /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme).

  Selection    Path                                     Priority   Status
  0            /etc/X11/cursors/oxy-white.theme          50        manual mode
  1            /etc/X11/cursors/core.theme               30        auto mode
  2            /etc/X11/cursors/handhelds.theme          20        manual mode
  3            /etc/X11/cursors/oxy-white.theme          50        manual mode
  4            /etc/X11/cursors/redglass.theme           20        manual mode
  5            /etc/X11/cursors/whiteglass.theme         20        manual mode
  6            /usr/share/icons/DMZ-Black/cursor.theme   30        manual mode
  7            /usr/share/icons/DMZ-White/cursor.theme   50        manual mode

Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number: 

To get the standard KDE cursor to be the default, I would enter 0

You may need to restart X to have it take effect (log out and back it.)

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thanks, it worked – HSS Apr 21 '11 at 10:09

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