Turning Ubuntu into Kubuntu

Chapter 20 from Marcel Gagné's new book Moving to Ubuntu Linux reprinted with permission of Pearson Education. All rights reserved.
Doing It with the Shell

Now that I've had you go through all these installation steps, you may be asking whether there is an easy way to do this from the shell.  The short answer is yes.  From a terminal shell window, you can type the following:

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

Did I just hear a quiet, whispered, "Wow"? Now that you have some appreciation for the power of the shell, turn to Chapter 21 and dig a little deeper.  


KDE Desktop Environment:  www.kde.org

Kubuntu Web Site:  http://www.kubuntu.org

Marcel's Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye! :  www.marcelgagne.com/mtl2nd.html

         © Copyright Pearson Education.  All rights reserved.
         Excerpt provided by Addison-Wesley Professional an imprint of Pearson Education
         "Moving to Ubuntu Linux" by Marcel Gagné
         ISBN: 0-321-42722-X



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wolfman775's picture

What is better about kde rather that gnome?

Nothing is better, just

Anonymous's picture

Nothing is better, just personal preferences. My opinion the GNOME themes are too bland, KDE gives you a nice look and feel. Some of the KDE applications are favorites of mine (and so are some GNOME), you can hybrid your system. I run the KDE desktop, but kept some of the gnome apps.

choosing back gdm as default display manager

Marko Herrera's picture

I chose KDM for default login manager, I want gdm back, but I can't find how to get it back anywhere?

help pliz, a hint

i think you can remove the

An Phi's picture

i think you can remove the kubuntu-destop packages. It's easy way to give GNOME back. Am i wrong???

no your right

Anonymous's picture

but if she dose that and the gnome desktop is gone than she will have to reinstall it i now because i did it once she needs th thype in this under terminal

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

maybe he should have put the

Anonymous's picture

maybe he should have put the shell option at top for the people that read through top to bottomn and dont skim pages. cause for me it would have been easier instead of finding everything and matching up the pictures to know that i am correctly doing it.

cant really help it so used to windows always have to do everything right otherwise your screwed

Say What????

Torfinn's picture

Well. Maybe chapter 20 should be at the front of this book. :-)

I have just converted all of my computers to Ubuntu, Kubuntu and edubunto. One system with each so I can try them out. having never used Linux before I went out a bought a book two days ago. This book. I haven't got to chapter 20 yet and just found it here by chance. I may try that. Will it work for other distros as well?


There's no need to reboot

Anonymous's picture

There's no need to reboot after installing the kubuntu-desktop packages. If it makes you feel better, go ahead, but it's completely unnecessary.


Nicholas Petreley's picture

If you're an ex-Windows user, it might make you feel better to reboot not only once, but several times, during the process described above. If you came from Windows 9x, then you might want to reboot once or twice daily after you're done. You're right that you don't need to, but it would make them feel more at home.

Turning Ubuntu into Xubuntu

mariuz's picture

the same steps can be done to install xubuntu

At the synaptic search step
look for xubuntu-desktop

then next next and after ~35M of downloads you should have xubuntu too


Anonymous's picture

what is xubuntu?

Ubuntu with XFCE for the

Anonymous's picture

Ubuntu with XFCE for the desktop. It's lighter than either Gnome or KDE, good for lower powered machines.

unbearble lightness of XFCE

samp-wallah's picture

What denotes a lower powered machine these days?

It's user-dependent

Dave's picture

I'd say it depends on the user. As soon as the user notices the little lags while using the PC, especcially while switching apps, he either has too many programs open, needs more RAM and/or CPU power, or just needs a leaner desktop environment. The last option is where XFCE (under the hood of xubuntu) hops in.

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