Install KDE Desktop in Debian Etch

KDE is a powerful Free Software graphical desktop environment for Linux and Unix workstations. It combines ease of use, contemporary functionality, and outstanding graphical design with the technological superiority of the Unix operating system.

If you install debian etch by default it will install gnome desktop.If you want to install KDE desktop environment you need to follow the following procedure

Install the KDE login manager and core KDE Components

#apt-get install kdm kde-core

at the time of installation it will promt you for which login manager you want to use as default one kdm or gdm select one of your choice and press enter this will complete the installation.

Now you need to logout from the existing desktop session to login KDE session.

Once you logout you should see similar to the following screen to login here you need to click on session

once it opens the session menu you need to select KDE and click on change session

Now you need to enter username and password to login and click on ok you should see the following screen here you need to select you want make this is your default session or only for this session

Now you should see the following screen to start configuring your KDE desktop first screen you need to select your country and language and click on next

Next one is system behaviour and click on next

Select Eyecandy-o-meter and click on next

Select your KDE desktop theme and click on next

The following screen shows you finish the setup by clicking on finish

KDE 3.5 is loading

Once it loaded fully you should see similar to the following screen as your KDE Desktop

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6 thoughts on “Install KDE Desktop in Debian Etch

  1. Why not install KDE when you install Debian Etch?

    boot: install tasks=”kde-desktop, standard”

    This way, you’re only installing KDE and not Gnome.

  2. Thank you. It’s funny how simple information, like which two .debs get you the base KDE system, can be much harder to find than more complicated information like, say, exactly how to reconfigure the kernel for some 1980s mainframe peripheral.

  3. Hi. Did a base install using the net-iso image in vmware server. Then tried your instruction but no X installed… so I had to apt-get install xorg That was probably overkill but it got X up and running.


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