In this article, I will show you how you can install KDE on Linux Mint 19 or possibly any other distro gets released after Linux Mint 19 “Tara”. I personally love the combination of two software. Linux Mint is the best Linux distro not only for Linux beginners but in almost all aspects of computing, Linux mint fits very well. On the other hand, KDE is one of the most customizable Linux desktop environments that we’ve ever had.Although, KDE might not be the best for ancient PCs or laptops. It prefers looks and the ability to customize the system a little more than performance. So if you have a decent computer, one bought in the current decade, you can try out KDE.
- 2GB RAM
- 10GB disk space (20GB recommended)
- 1024×768 display resolution
BTW, Linux Mint KDE system requirements don’t seem a big deal.
For modern computers, you can use and customize KDE the way you want, like the butter on a toast. No problems at all!
So let’s install KDE on Linux Mint 19.
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Make Linux Mint bootable USB and install it using the USB. Follow this tutorial if you want to know how to make a bootable USB. After installation is done, boot into your Linux mint, open terminal and type the following commands –
Update system repositories –
Install KDE on Linux Mint
Once the installation is completed, reboot your system. At the system login screen, there is an option to select the desktop environment, click it. You should now have an option to boot with the KDE desktop environment.
$ sudo apt install kubuntu-desktop kde-plasma-desktop kscreen, cannot be installed due to unmet dependencies; software-properties-kde, which also cannot be installed due to unment dependencies of; pyhton3-software-properties. Upon installing python3, software-properties-kde will not install.
sudo apt-get install aptitude
sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install kde-full
When finished, log out. Before logging back in, click on the environment button to the right of password box and choose Plasma. Log in and enjoy KDE.
Really not the way to go, still had compiz installed, cannot find system-settings. I do not recommend this procedure. Mint has abandoned KDE (their mistake!) so I don’t think trying to bypass their decision is prudent.
Which version of KDE will be installed?
I wish to install KDE on my Linux mint as Cinnamon seems to be freezing and consumes quite amount of RAM.
So my question is, if I install KDE will I still be able to access my softwares on Cinnamon or I have to do a separate installations of softwares for KDE.
I used to use Linux Mint KDE, but since they dropped the KDE version, I have moved on. I now use SolydK. I like it much better, as it is based on Debian instead Ubuntu. Linux Mint KDE was good, but SolydK is better!
The approach of using such a crucial unmaintained desktop environment on top of a distribution (Mint) that doesn’t follow KDE seem to be very risky!
And since this site is about “Linux and Ubuntu”, two alternative approaches would be either using a standard KDE + Ubuntu from Canonical (Kubuntu), or for a more up-to-date version of KDE+Plasme : KDE Neon which is based on Ubuntu LTS (18.04) with the latest version of plasma
My preference goes to the latter.
The K Desktop Environment is not “unmaintained”. It’s provided by the Ubuntu repositories just like Kubuntu is. Just because Mint doesn’t provide a KDE spin, doesn’t mean that it’s not being maintained.
In fact, greater than 99% of the packages that are in the default Linux Mint install comes from Ubuntu. Mint only provides 474 out of more than 64,000 packages. Ubuntu supplies the rest.
I think it should be said as ” I run Fedora Linux on the GNome Desktop”….or “I run Ubuntu Linux on the Unity Desktop”…not running the DESKTOP on the OPERATING SYSTEM…(as in “I run KDE on Linux Mint”….I’m just sayin’…LoL!)
Except the OS is required to run the DE, not the other way around. You can delete Gnome from your installation and not run any desktop, but still have an OS. You cannot remove fedora and still have KDE, etc.
It is correct to say you run desktop on OS. Just like it’s correct to say the train runs on the tracks, and not the tracks run on the train.