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plasma-tasks - KDE 4.10

KDE 4.10 is Released!

KDE 4.10 is released! It has lot cool new stuffs including the improvements in Plasma workspaces, new widgets built on Qt Quick, better stability, ease of use and performance. Now, the wallpaper engine is based on QML (easier to create and more secure).

plasma-tasks - KDE 4.10

New Features/Changes in KDE 4.10

  • faster and reliable Meta engine
  • improved File Manager (Dolphin)
  • new Print Manager
  • improved Plasma Workspace
  • new Air Theme
  • improvements in KWin Window Manager and Compositor
  • new appmenu

Read the official announcement for more details (about  the new features/improvements)

KDE Desktop is based on Qt framework, recently Qt has released v 5.0 with lot of amazing features – including 3D graphics, cross-platform portability and you can write cool apps with HTML 5 and Javascript.


How to Install KDE Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 12.10

Ubuntu 12.10 comes with Unity Desktop environment/shell (based on GNOME 3). A lot of users love unity, they like the cools features of unity (Unity dash, lens, launcher etc) , but there are lots of haters too. Fortunately, there are many options available – Gnome shell, KDE, XFCE, MATE, Cinnamon, etc.

KDE – Desktop Environment

KDE is one of the most popular and a classic desktop environment. It’s easy to use and it has lot of cools apps (somewhat like Gnome), specially for newbies (moving from Windows XP/7/8).


In Ubuntu 12.10, it’s there in package repository, by default. KDE plasma desktop and apps are bundled together in various ways. Choose something that suits you well, or just go with second one (kde-plasma-desktop, with minimal set of applications).

KDE standard

it contains KDE plasma desktop and standard set of applications such as Kate (default editor, like gedit), Konqueror (default web browser), Kget (Download Manager), KMail (email client), Dolphin (File Manager), Konsole (terminal) etc. To install standard package of kde, open a terminal and execute the command –

sudo apt-get install kde-standard

KDE Desktop Minimal

If you just want to give it a try or may be you don’t want the applications to be installed by default (you can always install later), then prefer this minimal package – that installs KDE plasma desktop with minimal set of apps.

sudo apt-get install kde-plasma-desktop

KDE Netbook Minimal

As the name suggest, it’s more suitable for netbook users.

sudo apt-get install kde-plasma-netbook

KDE Full

If you want the complete package of apps, along with the core desktop environment (KDE Plasma), then it’s the best option for you (but it may take more time to install depending on your internet speed).

sudo apt-get install kde-full

That’s All, enjoy the cool charming look of KDE.


How To Install KDE Desktop on Ubuntu 12.04

KDE is one of the most popular Window Manager /Desktop among GNU/Linux users. For KDE lovers there is a dedicated version of Ubuntu – called as Kubuntu, which nothing but the core Ubuntu with KDE packages and desktop.

If you’ve installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (which comes with Unity by default), and got bored with Unity or Gnome Shell – then KDE is probably the best option for you. It’s simple, elegant, easy and comes with the bundle of cool applications. KDE is recommended for beginners (who have migrated from Windows) – because it looks somewhat similar to Windows.

Some of the most popular applications you would get with KDE bundle are – Dolphin File Browser (Lightweight and fast), Konqueror browser, Cool looking Plasma Desktop/Oxygen Themes, Kmail (Default Email Client for KDE desktop), Kate (text editor, like gedit), K3b (best disc burning application) etc.


Install KDE on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

If you want to install KDE with standard set of applications then execute –

sudo apt-get install kde-standard

On the other hand for full set of package/applications – (it may take a lot of time – if you’ve slow Internet connection then better try above one)

sudo apt-get install kde-full

That’s All, Now you can logout from the current session and select KDE on the Login Prompt to start enjoying the Kool Desktop Environment (KDE).

How to install KDE on ubuntu 11.10

KDE Desktop is one of the most popular and widely used – cool desktop for GNU/Linux based operating systems such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux Mint, Debian, OpenSuse (it uses KDE as the default desktop) etc. In fact, it is second most popular Desktop – after GNOME (KDE is more popular than Unity, source : Gnome vs Unity vs KDE Poll, where Gnome scored 714, KDE 458 and Unity was at third position with 239 votes). Ubuntu uses Unity desktop by default but KDE edition of Ubuntu i.e Kubuntu comes along with the each new release of Ubuntu.

kde-desktop on Ubuntu 11.10
Ubuntu 11.10 + KDE Plasma

In Ubuntu 11.10, if you don’t like Unity or Gnome shell then KDE is the best option available for you. KDE desktop is very eye pleasant and easy to use environment (specially for those coming from Windows * (xp, 7..) world) , and it has improved in a consistent manner (unlike Gnome 3). Cool KDE icons, wallpapers and eye catching widgets will make you a fan of it.

KDE Plasma Desktop has not only charming look but also a bundle of cool applications such as Konqueror (Web browser like Firefox, Google Chrome; but Konqueror is very simple and easy to use), Dolphin (File Browsing program like Nautilus, Marlin, Thunar), Kmail (Email client like Thunderbird or Evolution), K3b (CD/DVD burning application), Kate (Text Editor like gedit) etc.

Install KDE Desktop in Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute the command –

sudo  apt-get install kde-standard

During installation, you may get an option to configure login manager such as kdm or lightdm (default), so select lightdm if you don’t want to change that.

Now, if you want to try the KDE desktop then first log out from the current session and choose KDE Plasma Desktop at login prompt. Here are few more screenshot – from Ubuntu 11.10 running KDE Plasma Desktop –


Browsing with Konqueror


Dolphin File Browser – Looks GREAT, Right?

Enjoy The Kool Desktop Environment i.e KDE :)

Linux Mint 12 with KDE 4.7

Try Linux Mint 12 with KDE Desktop

Great news for KDE lovers! Linux Mint 12 KDE RC version – got released few weeks ago. The default version of Linux Mint was already available with Gnome 3 and Mate desktop but it’s for those who love KDE or don’t like Gnome anymore (probably due to some major changes in Gnome 3/shell interface). The final and stable version should arrived in within few upcoming weeks.

Linux Mint 12 with KDE 4.7

Cool Features of Linux Mint 12 KDE

  • The default desktop is KDE 4.7.4
  • Linux Kernel 3 and upstream components/features of Ubuntu 11.10
  • Hybrid ISO Images
  • Search Engines

In Linux Mint 12, KDE 4.7.4 makes the desktop experience more pleasant and comfortable. Hybrid ISO images can be used to create a bootable media such as USB stick/DVD/CD in one simple command (dd command), without any applications you might have used to make bootable media, and the most important advantages is that – it is much faster and if you want to go with old technique such as a Startup Disc creator apps then also it’s fine as the hybrid ISO are also compatible with such applications. But you should remember one thing that the new method for creating live bootable media will erase all the files present on your pen-drive.

First Download Linux Mint 12 KDE version, then you can use the dd command to create bootable disk.

The structure of the command is

dd if=<source> of=<target> bs=<byte size>


dd if=/home/userx/Downloads/mint.iso of=/dev/sdb2

Warning! You should also remember one thing about the DD command, that – it will delete all the files/contents from the usb drive. Therefore, you must use the DD command very carefully!

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