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I want to have both KDE and Gnome shells on Ubuntu. Ubuntu has Gnome by default. How do I install KDE?

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You need to install the kubuntu-desktop package for the full install.

The GUI method would be to click this button:

Install via the software center

The command line method would be:

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

Then the next time you login you can choose what to use from the login screen (under Session).

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If you want to log in from KDE run sudo apt-get install kdm, sudu apt-get remove gdm, and dpkg reconfigure kdm.

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Just try the following command in a terminal

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

Then just select KDE on the login manager.

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Just open synaptic (If not installed yet, install it by ubuntu software center) and search for desktop environment and install plasma-desktop

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