I have been running Ubuntu for about a year, now I would like to switch to kubuntu. Is it possible that I can port all the configuration data from the home folder of Ubuntu to kubuntu? (Without causing some serious trouble) If I copy all them contents of the home folder (Including the hidden files and folders) will I be able to get the same application configurations ? I know that copying the Thunderbird folder copies the emails on the newer installation, will it work to other applications?
If you are upgrading to Kubuntu then no need to copy anything, just install Kubuntu package.
Use one of these commands:
sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop sudo apt-get install kubuntu-full
You can see how to install Kubuntu here also.
I switched from Ubuntu to Kubuntu. I did a clean install rathere than worrying about trying to save application data etc...
Before performing my clean install, I backed up the following:
tar -czvf ssh.tar.gz ~/.ssh
GNU PGP keys:
tar -czvf gnupg.tar.gz ~/.gnupg
MySQL Workbench Connections:
tar -czvf mysqlworkbench.tar.gz ~/.mysql
tar -czvf thunderbird.tar.gz ~/.thunderbird
Keyring data (I cannot remember which directory this was in, something like ~/.local/share/keyring).
Sometimes I do the entire backup in one line, but sometimes I find it more convenient to have each backup in its own .tar.gz file.
I then copy the backup(s) to a Samba share and/or USB pen drive, and restore everything after installing Kubuntu (although the keychain/keyring application works differently on Kubuntu, I think).
I much prefer performing clean installs.
You could do it by installing these packages:
You don't need to copy anything :)
Just choose you wish to run kde after a reboot or log out.