I really like KDE and Ubuntu but I don't need most of the KDE applications, like Kontact or Kopete that will be installed with the usual KDE.

Is there a way I can install KDE (4.7) without all those applications? It makes more sense to manually install the ones I actually use (like Konsole) than uninstalling many.

  • Install plasma-desktop and then install whatever applications you want. – Uri Herrera Dec 30 '11 at 20:04
  • sudo apt-get install --no-recommends kubuntu-desktop or if you already have KDE installed, manually remove all the KDE applications. – Orcris Feb 6 '12 at 21:13

try sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends kubuntu-desktop

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The https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MetaPackages is telling:

kde-base: This metapackage includes the nucleus of KDE, namely the minimal package set necessary to run KDE as a desktop environment. This includes the window manager, taskbar, control center, a text editor, file manager, web browser, X terminal emulator, and many other programs and components.

There has been package naming changes. I think that this is the current nucleus of the KDE:


Description: base applications from the official KDE release (meta-package) ... This package provides core applications for the KDE 4 desktop.

The kde-baseapps is depending:

  • dolphin
  • kde-baseapps-bin
  • kdepasswd
  • kfind
  • konqueror
  • plasma-widget-folderview

These may be useful:

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Kubuntu 18.04.0 LTS now includes a minimal install. For fresh installs, I think this is a good alternative.

If you already have Ubuntu installed, like in your question, then sudo apt install --no-install-recommends kubuntu-desktop is your answer.

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