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How to Install KDE on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10

How to Install KDE on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10
How to Install KDE on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10
How to Install KDE on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10 - PC - The default interface that Ubuntu accompanies, looks a great deal like a cross between the macOS

Ubuntu is a very popular Linux distro, an accomplishment that can be licensed to the way that it is exceedingly neighborly, even for people who’re just getting started on Linux. The default interface that Ubuntu accompanies, looks a great deal like a cross between the macOS dock, and the Windows Modern UI.  Which is why, a lot of people might want to replace the default Ubuntu desktop environment, with something more to their taste. This is where KDE comes in.

K Desktop Environment is a totally extraordinary desktop condition for Ubuntu, and it brings a much more familiar, and friendly interface to Linux. In this way, in the event that you need to change your default Ubuntu desktop condition, here is how you can install KDE (Plasma 5.8) on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10:

Install KDE on Ubuntu 16.04 “Xenial Xerus”:

With KDE on your Ubuntu system, you will still be able to use the default Gnome desktop environment, if you want to. To install KDE on Ubuntu 16.04, just follow the steps below:

  1. Launch the Terminal, and add the repository using “sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports“.                         How to Install KDE on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10
  2. Once you’ve done that, you should run “sudo apt-get update“.                                                                                     How to Install KDE on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10

3.Then, simply use “sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop” in the Terminal, to begin installing KDE on your Ubuntu system.                                                                                                                                                                                         How to Install KDE on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10

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4.You will also have to choose the display manager. First press Enter, and then choose the default display manager that you want. KDE will give you two choices “lightdm“, and “ssdm“. You can choose any of them.

How to Install KDE on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10

  1. The installation will then continue. Once it completes, justlog outof your account, and while logging back in, you can select the desktop environment that you want to use.

How to Install KDE on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10

That’s all you need to do, to get the KDE desktop environment on your Ubuntu 16.04 system.

Install KDE on Ubuntu 16.10 “Yakkety Yak”

Installing the KDE desktop environment on Ubuntu 16.10 “Yakkety Yak”, is easier than it is on Ubuntu 16.04, because you don’t even need to add the repository to your Ubuntu software sources. Just follow the steps below to install KDE on Ubuntu 16.10:

  1. Launch Terminal, and run the command “sudo apt update “.

 

How to Install KDE on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10

2. Then, run “sudo apt install kubuntu-desktop“.

How to Install KDE on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10

The rest of the installation proceeds in the same way as it does on Ubuntu 16.04. You will have to choose a display manager, and you can choose any of the two options that you’ll get. Once the installation completes, you can log out of your account, and choose the desktop environment while logging back in.

Uninstall KDE on Ubuntu 16.04 and 16.10:

If for some reason, you want to remove KDE from your Ubuntu system, you can simply follow the steps below:

  1. Launch Terminal, and type “sudo apt purge kubuntu-desktop“. Hit enter, and enter your password.                              How to Install KDE on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10
  2. Next, type “sudo apt autoremove“.                                                                                                                             How to Install KDE on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10
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If you’re running Ubuntu 16.10, this is all you need to do. However, on Ubuntu 16.04, you have to remove the repository from the list of sources, as well. To do that, just do the following:

  1. Launch Terminal, and type “sudo add-apt-repository –remove ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports

How to Install KDE on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10

This will remove the repository you added to install KDE on Ubuntu 16.04. You will now have successfully removed KDE from your Ubuntu 16.04, or Ubuntu 16.10 system.

Use KDE as an Alternative Desktop Environment for Ubuntu

There are other desktop environments for Ubuntu, as well. However, KDE can be installed very easily, and it works well. Also, for long time Windows users, who have just made the switch to Linux, KDE will look very familiar. And, since you can easily choose the desktop environment you want to use, while logging in, installing other desktop environments is completely safe. If anything goes wrong, you can always uninstall the new desktop environment, and carry on with the default Ubuntu desktop environment.

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Venkatesan Prabu

Venkatesan Prabu

Wikitechy Founder, Author, International Speaker, and Job Consultant. My role as the CEO of Wikitechy, I help businesses build their next generation digital platforms and help with their product innovation and growth strategy. I'm a frequent speaker at tech conferences and events.

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