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How to install/remove different KDE Desktop Environments in Kali Linux

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How to install/remove different KDE Desktop Environments in Kali Linux

K Desktop Environment (KDE) was founded in 1996 by Matthias Ettrich, who was then a student at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. At the time, he was troubled by certain aspects of the Unix desktop. Among his concerns was that none of the applications looked, felt, or worked alike. He proposed the creation of not merely a set of applications but a desktop environment in which users could expect things to look, feel, and work consistently. He also wanted to make this desktop easy to use; one of his complaints about desktop applications of the time was that his girlfriend could not use them. His initial Usenet post spurred a lot of interest, and the KDE project was born.

The name KDE was intended as a wordplay on the existing Common Desktop Environment, available for Unix systems. CDE was an X11-based user environment jointly developed by HP, IBM, and Sun through the X/Open consortium, with an interface and productivity tools based on the Motif graphical widget toolkit. It was supposed to be an intuitively easy-to-use desktop computer environment. The K was originally suggested to stand for “Kool”, but it was quickly decided that the K should stand for nothing in particular. The KDE initialism is therefore expanded to “K Desktop Environment”.

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# How to install KDE Plasma Desktop Environment in Kali Linux:

apt-get install kali-defaults kali-root-login desktop-base kde-plasma-desktop

# How to install Netbook KDE Plasma Desktop Environment in Kali Linux:

apt-get install kali-defaults kali-root-login desktop-base kde-plasma-netbook

# How to install Standard Debian selected packages and frameworks in Kali Linux:

apt-get install kali-defaults kali-root-login desktop-base kde-standard

# How to install KDE Full Install in Kali Linux:

apt-get install kali-defaults kali-root-login desktop-base kde-full

# How to remove KDE on Kali Linux:

apt-get remove kde-plasma-desktop kde-plasma-netbook kde-standard

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11 comments

  1. i did this command

    apt-get install kali-defaults kali-root-login desktop-base kde-plasma-desktop

    and it installed into my system. then i rebooted it…but there is only small change in the appearance i can see, there is one extra option added in the application>system-tool>preferences>"kde system setting"

    lp me

    I thought this command will install the whole new plasma environment in my pc….but it didnt. pls help me…!

  2. Hi verma,
    You need to select KDE when you login to Kali. (the same screen you type in your username and password, you'll have a drop down menu that allows you to switch Desktop Environment). In case you want to switch to KDE permanently, you can follow this other post.
    Thanks for your comment. Enjoy.

  3. Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package kde-full

    what ever i do always this error msg appears. idk what to do. cant install any softwares -__- whats the solution for me?

  4. whenever i select kde plasma desktop it give error : neuveau failed to idle channel 0xcccc0001 switching fbcon. help me please :/

    • It sound like you are using NVIDIA card and having an issue with it.

      Have you installed NVIDIA drivers properly? If you search the following string in Google, there’s lots of results

      error : nouveau failed to idle channel 0xcccc0001 switching fbcon.
  5. How to I completely remove KDE plasma netbook and also all the associated applications downloaded with it.

    I tried the command you mentioned above but it seems that applications like Kwrite and others are still there. How to get rid of them

    I just love my Xfce desktop dont want anythin else. Please help me out to clear all the garbage plz :D

    Thank you

    • The remove instructions are on this same page, but you MUST not remove GNOME as XFCE depends on GNOME for many dependencies. (i.e. network-manager). So if you’re removing KDE, then install GNOME again (without restarting) and install XFCE then finally reboot. That worked for me everytime. Cheers,
      -BMO

  6. “apt-get remove kde-plasma-desktop kde-plasma-netbook kde-standard” i typed this command but its not fully removed kde desktop

  7. Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Unable to locate package kde-plasma-desktop

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