I am planning on installing Ubuntu on my new laptop, but I prefer the KDE Plasma 5 DE and I am likely going to use a lot of creation software like that which is included in Ubuntu Studio. I don't know if this is the right place to ask this but is there a way to install all the software from Ubuntu Studio in Kubuntu without switching my desktop environment? I just want the software. Thanks in advance and I apologize if this isn't a good place to ask this!

  • Which applications do you want installed? My experience with that combination was not that good. Can be unstable.
    – RCF
    May 14, 2016 at 17:13
  • I want to install at least Blender, OpenShot, FFMPEG, DVDStyler, GIMP, Ardour, and Audacity. Would it be easier to just install them individually?
    – Dan Fiscus
    May 14, 2016 at 17:21
  • GIMP, Ardour and Audacity will work just fine. FFMPEG is part of Kubuntu-restricted-extras. Don't know about Blender, OpenShot or DVDStyler. Yes, install individually. Then check for any comaptibility issues after reboot.
    – RCF
    May 14, 2016 at 20:33

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This has been answered in a similar question here and on the Ubuntu Studio wiki (linked below), but since we want KDE rather than Gnome or XFCE (Ubuntu Studio's default DE) we'll do things a little differently. As of writing this, I'm running Kubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver.

  1. First Install Kubuntu, if it's not already on your system.

  2. Open a terminal to update Kubuntu, install Ubuntu Studio packages and low latency kernel:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ubuntustudio-audio ubuntustudio-audio-plugins ubuntustudio-graphics ubuntustudio-video linux-lowlatency

    • You may also want to add ubuntustudio-menus
  3. Follow the configuration modifications section here to finish setting up Ubuntu Studio. note: most of the steps listed here are unnessecary for newer versions of ubuntu, however users should still be added to audio/video groups with sudo adduser <username> video and sudo adduser <username> audio

If you already have Ubuntu Studio installed, you can install KDE Plasma over Ubuntu Studio, although I do not recommend this as I've run into problems like conflicting dependencies or things vanishing after upgrades. It just seems Unnecessary to have multiple desktop environments installed.

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