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By default Ubuntu desktop installation will install gnome desktop enviroment and if you want to install KDE desktop enviroment you have three options.Those options are

kubuntu-desktop -This is the recommended metapackage to install; the full Kubuntu installation, with all the Kubuntu recommended packages. This includes OpenOffice, Kontact, Konversation, amaroK, K3B, and others.

kde -This will install the following KDE packages: kde-amusements, kdeaccessibility, kdeaddons, kdeadmin, kdeartwork, kdegraphics, kdemultimedia, kdenetwork, kdepim, kdesdk, kdeutils, kdewebdev, kdevelop3 and the kde-core metapackage

kde-core -This will install the core --- the bare-minimum required-- of KDE. That is, kdebase, kdelibs, arts and fontconfig.

If you choose to not install kubuntu-desktop, then you can still get all the Kubuntu-specific tweaks by installing the kubuntu-default-settings package.

First thing you need to make sure you have universe source list under /etc/apt/sources.list file

If you want to install kubuntu-desktop use the following command

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

This will starts installing all the required packages you can see in the following screen

During this installation process, you will be asked whether you want to use KDM or GDM as your default display manager. If you think you'll use KDE , make KDM your default. If you think you'll use Gnome , keep GDM as your default.Select which one is best for you.

This will complete the installation now you need to logout from ubuntu gnome session and now you are on ubuntu login screen in this you need to select options---> selectsession