I want to have both KDE and Gnome shells on Ubuntu. Ubuntu only has Gnome installed by default. How do I install KDE?
To get just the plasma environment (on 12.04 and newer):
sudo apt-get install plasma-desktop
It worked fine for me on 15.10
If you want to log in from KDE run
sudo apt-get install kdm,
sudu apt-get remove gdm, and
dpkg reconfigure kdm.
Just try the following command in a terminal
sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop
Then just select KDE on the login manager.
To install KDE on Ubuntu (12.04,14.04,14.10,15.04,15.10) (plasma 5.3)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop
To install KDE on Ubuntu (15.04,15.10) (plasma 5.4)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ci/stable sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop
Note: To install plasma 5.4,you need to remove backports ppa.
Just open synaptic (If not installed yet, install it by ubuntu software center) and search for desktop environment and install plasma-desktop
I think the most complete answer is here. According to what you want to install (only the GUI or GUI+some packages).
Citing the content of the answer:
plasma-desktopdiffer only by whether they install the netbook or the desktop interface.
kde-workspaceis identical to
kde-plasma-desktopwill install a few KDE programs: Dolphin, Konqueror, kde-baseapps, konsole, kwrite, and kde-passwd.
kde-standardinstalls a bunch of stuff on top of
kde-desktop: Akregator, Ark, Dragonplayer, gnupg, Kaddressbook, Kate, KDE wallpapers, Kmail, etc.
kubuntu-desktopinstalls even more than
kubuntu-desktopis the package you would download from the Ubuntu website if you wanted Kubuntu, but if you only want the Plasma interface, not any of the default programs,
plasma-desktopmight be sufficient.
Choose the package you want and then run
sudo apt-get install package-name
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