How to add KDE to Ubuntu Eee 8.04.1

Now that you’ve installed Ubuntu Eee 8.04.1 on your Eee PC, perhaps you want to add KDE to the mix. This tutorial will guide you through doing just that. Keep reading for the instructions.

  1. The first thing you’ll have to do is enable another software source. From the Netbook Remix panel select Administration and then Software Sources. Select the Third-Party Software tab, and place a check in the box next to http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu hardy partner. Then click the Close button.

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  3. You’ll be prompted to update the software sources. Click the Reload button. It’ll take a minute or two for the sources to refresh, and when they’re done the window will close.
  4. Once it has closed, select Accessories in the Netbook Remix panel, and then Terminal.

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  6. From the command prompt, enter the following line:

    sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

    Enter your password when prompted.


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  8. A bunch of text will fly by, and you’ll be asked if you want to continue. Hit the y key on your keyboard to indicate “yes”.

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  10. Part way through the installation you’ll be prompted with a message about running multiple display managers. Hit the Enter key to acknowledge this message.

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  12. Then you’ll be asked which display manager you want to use by default. I opted for KDM, but the choice is yours. I’d suggest KDM – you’ll be able to continue to use Netbook Remix, and run KDE apps. In fact, the desktop and interface itself will remain nearly identical. The only major difference is the login screen.

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  14. The installation will eventually finish up.

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  16. Log out and back in again. You’ll notice a lot of new apps are installed (for example, check the Internet panel of Netbook Remix).

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  18. One of the many new apps is Konqueror, a web browser, file manager and file viewer all-in-one application. Give it a test run.

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  20. That’s it – you’re done. Be sure to check the terrific music player/manager Amarok too (found in the Sound & Video panel).

  • Could you give an indication as to how much disk space was required to effect this improvement?

  • About 800MB. With that said, you can of course go through and delete the apps you’re not going to use, reclaiming some of that space. It’s not an issue for as my Eee PC has a 15GB drive and I use an 8GB SD card as my /home folder. There’s still over 10GB of space on the main drive to install more junk.

    But yes, those w/ earlier models or smaller drives may want to avoid the full KDE install.

  • Yeah, I’m going to have to forego such a large install on my 4GB eeep. It is, of course, also possible to install individual KDE apps.

  • Greg

    I strongly suggest you don’t do this, KDE just adds lots of junk to your disk and there is no easy way that I could find to back it out.

  • Greg –

    One persons junk is another persons “useful stuff”. I really like having the KDE apps available on my Eee PC.

    apt-get remove kubuntu-desktop

    will get rid of everything.

  • Ross, or anyone:

    ‘apt-get remove kubuntu-desktop’ does not get rid of everything! It removes 45.1 kb of stuff. I’d like to go back to how things were before and just install the 5 KDE apps I really want.

    Any help greatly appreciated :)

  • guy

    …….sudo apt-get autoremove kubuntu-desktop