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Old 02-15-2009, 05:44 PM   #1
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Question How to run KDE and Gnome in Linux Mint

I am fairly new to Linux (returning newbie)

When I used Ubuntu I could install KDE through some commands in terminal and then select which desktop to use before logging on.

Upon returning to linux, I have decided (after some live cd testing of various distros) to go with Linux Mint.

I would like to do the same thing in linux mint as I did in ubuntu i.e select which desktop to use. By default it is Gnome but I would like to try KDE also, without installing a whole new installation. I cant seem to find the answer in other posts.

So, to summarise.

I would like to be able to select which desktop to use in Linux Mint.

Many Thanks in advance for any replies.
Old 02-15-2009, 06:40 PM   #2
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Since Mint is modified Ubuntu, probably a very similar process. I don't know if they have fancy stuff to do this, but you can make the GDM login manager have another entry for an installed KDE with minimal fuss:
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I think Mint uses Ubuntu Software Repositories then adds its own additional software. Either way, you need to install the kubuntu-desktop package or the linux Mine equivalent. Once it is installed, it will automatically give you the option to choose it. Either use synaptic, or
# aptitude update; aptitude install kubuntu-desktop
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Thumbs up Problem Solved

Many thanks for the replies.

For those users wanting to add KDE desktop in Linux Mint,

Simply go to Synaptic Package Manager in Menu >> Administration

and search for KDE-Desktop select in to install, let it do the business ... Sorted


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