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How to install KDE desktop environment on Ubuntu [Guide]

Are you a fan of the KDE desktop environment for Linux? Are you running Ubuntu and wish you could get the latest release, but you’re tired of waiting for it to hit the main Ubuntu repositories? This how-to will show you exactly how you can get the latest KDE software compilation right away!


The purpose of this guide is to show you exactly how to install the latest version of the KDE Software compilation for Ubuntu Linux 13.04. This guide will cover KDE 4.11 software compilation, but as this software is being installed by using a software repository (a server that holds software sources for your Linux Distribution), this guide applies for all future versions of KDE. Plus, you will get KDE updates after installation, as long as you have this software repository enabled on your PC. In Ubuntu Linux, these software repositories are known as PPAs.

Although we wrote this guide specifically for Ubuntu 13.04, it should work on later versions of Ubuntu as well.


ubuntu_1 [1]

You are about to add the following PPA to your system:

Backports of new versions of KDE and major KDE apps for Kubuntu which are either too large a change or not yet tested enough to go to Ubuntu Backports

More info: https://launchpad.net/-kubuntu-ppa/+archive/backports

Press [ENTER] to continue or ctrl-c to cancel adding it

Be Warned: This may take a little bit. While KDE 4.11 is being downloaded you might want to get up and take a short walk.

ubuntu_6 [5]

ubuntu_7 [6]


Sometimes getting up to date software on Ubuntu is tough, since it is not a ‘bleeding edge’ distribution. Luckily, with this guide you’ve learned how PPAs work, and are now able to enjoy the latest, most newest version of KDE! Using your new-found knowledge, you can now install just about anything from a PPA. Enjoy!