There's a way to safely try KDE on top of an Ubuntu installation, keeping the possibility to revert the changes in case I dislike how it runs?
The absolute safest way to do that is to install it on a separate partition, but that's probably more work than you need.
on any terminal window (it will install a ton of kde packages). By the end, you'll get prompted if you want to use gdm or kdm as login manager. It's OK to choose either one, but kdm will give you the full Kubuntu experience.
Next time you boot, just before logging in, choose KDE as your session manager. It will use the same
Finally, you don't really need to remove KDE after that. You can keep using gnome regularly, and never choose KDE again in the session manager. If, for some reason, you do want to really remove KDE (maybe you need to free up space), here's what you do:
kubuntu-desktop is a dummy package (you'll notice the removal process will be quick), removing this package will make apt consider all of the kde packages as unnecessary (since they were brought along by this one), so just do:
If you chose to keep gdm as your login manager, you can stop here. If you happened to choose kdm as your login manager back in the first step, you'll have to either reinstall gdm (it's technically already installed, so you can just reconfigure it if you know how)
EDIT According to @AnwarShah the method above for removing Kubuntu doesn't actually work. I don't have an Ubuntu machine on which to test that right now, so I'll just provide an alternative method.
The command provided in this answer, should purge all traces of kde from your system. Before running it you should read all of the packages and make sure none of them had been previously installed by you! Make sure to remove the name of any packages you want to keep. (Also, I haven't read through all of those packages, so I can't garantee anything regarding the commands effectiveness.)
Alternatively, you could keept track of all packages installed when you install
Just install it...
At login (after entering your username) you can select which one you want to boot (gnome/kde/xfce/...) so it's always possible to go back to gnome, even without rebooting.
Maybe http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/kde can help you.
Just install Kubuntu Plasma Desktop system on your computer through the software center.
To uninstall it follow the instructions given here:
My choice (since refurbished systems are really cheap ~ $200) build a test-bench with these! I have several test-bench systems that I install on - before installing or upgrading critical systems. I've tried the live CD, but I prefer the test-bench.