You can install only the
plasma-desktop package in Ubuntu, they give you the basic desktop environments needed for kde. I think
kde-plasma-desktop is better, since it is more parent package for
plasma-desktop and not bigger than it's child (
As for the startup and shutdown screen, enter the following commands in terminal. If you have already installed the
sudo apt-get remove plymouth-theme-kubuntu-logo plymouth-theme-kubuntu-text.
You can also install the packages with names starting with
kde-config-xxxx, since they provide the volume control, networking_applet, bluetooth and other system-configuration functionality for the KDE.
Don't forget the
kde-config-gtk package and
gtk2-engines-oxygen and optionally
oxygen-moleculepackages. They provide you the uniform look and feel in KDE and GNOME. (
Prevents ugly look of Gnome apps, when opened in KDE).
You can install other recommended packages as per your need by
- opening the
synaptic package manager,
- search for
kubuntu-desktop package in the search bar,
- right clicking on the package name, pointing the
mark recommended for Installation list,
- and selecting a package from newly appeared sub-menu.
Note: From my experience, I see that, after opening
firefox in KDE, when you open it again in GNOME, you will get ugly looking font-rendering of
firefox. This happens because KDE use Full hinting style, where Gnome use Slight hinting style. To prevent this,
- delete the file in your home directory with name
.fonts.conf after login in Gnome session
- or edit the file with replacing
hintmedium with value
Hope this will help.
If don't like to remove kubuntu-logo splash screen
If you simply want to switch to ubuntu splash screen, you can do this by entering following in
sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth and selecting
ubuntu-logo.plymouth by entering associated number. This will restore Ubuntu splash screen.
You must enter
sudo update-initramfs -u command following the previous command, to save the change.