If you are a beginner Ubuntu User then you should know that Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat or any other version of Ubuntu uses GNOME as Default Desktop,but if you want to install KDE on Ubuntu 10.10,then it’s very simple because all the Linux based systems are perfectly modular.In general I like GNOME much as compare to other Desktops like KDE,LXDE,XFCE…. but it’s totally personal experience if you want KDE desktop in Ubuntu then just follow the simple steps given below.Many Ubuntu users agree on this point that KDE has better look as compare to other desktop.If you are a KDE Fan then there is one more point – A dedicated version of KDE+Ubuntu 10.10 = Kubuntu 10.10 is also available.
Installing KDE Desktop on Ubuntu 10.10
KDE can be installed in many ways but the best method is to install it from Synaptic package Manager.Before installing KDE you should select the package i.e Standard,Minimal or Full,because KDE desktop also contains KDE based applications.So choose the package you need.Then mark the left box in synaptic package manager and click on Apply to Begin installation.Depending on your internet bandwidth it wouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to finish the installation procedures.If you are still not sure about the above steps then go here step wise instruction for KDE installation.
Login in to KDE Desktop Session
Logout from the current login session.At the login prompt choose your username,enter password and select Desktop as KDE at the bottom Right Menu.Then login as usual..Then you will be able to enjoy Ubuntu 10.10 with KDE.
Ubuntu 10.04 uses GNOME desktop as their default desktop.If you want to use only KDE desktop then there is special KDE version of Ubuntu known as Kubuntu(KDE+Ubuntu).But you may like to test all the desktop of ubuntu as each has its own taste and significance then you can do that in few steps.Actually all different versions of ubuntu like Kubuntu,Xubuntu,edubuntu,Mythubuntu,Ubuntu Studio or others differs only in their default desktop and the basic applications installed by default.So if you want to use other desktops then use synaptic manager to install them and you will be able to use all desktop in single installation(e.g in ubuntu 10.04 you can enjoy kde,xfce,edubuntu,UbuntuStudio etc.).
Simple Steps for Installing KDE desktop in Ubuntu 10.04 :
step1: Open Synaptic Package Manager(System->Administration) and search for “kde desktop”.Now you should decide whether you want to use kde as a primary desktop or secondary or just for changing taste.In first case you can choose full kde from Synaptic Package Manager but in the second case minimal kde or base kde is fine.
step2: Check the box of the selected package for installation.
step3: Now click on apply changes.It may ask you to ask for other dependent softwares.Click ok(yes) and proceed to installation.Installation will begin and finish within few minutes depending on your connection bandwidth.
step4: You have installed KDE successfully…Now this is the time to enjoy KDE.Next logout fr0m the current session and go to the login prompt.Enter your username and password as usual but select the Desktop as KDE fr0m the menu(select your desktop from the menu which says GNOME by default..(Just right after the session, at the bottom of your login window),When you click on that menu then many options will come..now select KDE or other,whatever you want) .
step5: End… I hope you are enjoying KDE…
You can also manually download this from the kde official website(see below,link is given) and install it in ubuntu 10.04 or other linux versions.