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Install KDE 4.4 RC 2 on Ubuntu 9.10

If you install Ubuntu 9.10 the default desktop manager is Gnome. KDE is another desktop manager that you can use on your Ubuntu distro, and we’ll take a look at it here.

I’m pretty happy to use Gnome. However, I thought it would be a good idea to try out KDE 4.4 RC 2 which is the latest beta version of the much awaited KDE 4.4. The following is a step by step guide to install KDE 4.4 RC 2 on Ubuntu 9.10.


First step in the process is to enable the Kubuntu repositories. In order to do so, bring up a terminal window by hitting ALT+F2 and typing gnome-terminal.


At the terminal, type the following command to add the Kubuntu PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/beta


Enter your password and you should see something like the one below. This suggests that we have added Kubuntu PPA repositories to the software sources.


Now in order to install KDE 4.4 RC on your machine which already has previous versions of KDE, type the following  command at the terminal:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

However, if you don’t have previous versions of  KDE installed, type the following commands at the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop




This should install KDE 4.4 RC on your Ubuntu machine. All that is left is to log out and login again by choosing KDE under the session option at the login screen.


The following are a couple screenshots of KDE desktop environment.



KDE has a lot of eye candy, great themes, and wallpaper support. If you are an early adopter and itching to try out the new KDE 4.4 on your Ubuntu machine, this should get you started.

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  • Published 02/2/10

Comments (12)

  1. Matt

    Does it play nice with Compiz?

  2. JonMCC33

    Why not just use Kubuntu? Or better yet, a distro designed for KDE like OpenSUSE?

  3. The Geek


    I think the point is if you’ve got a system already running, and you’d like to make a switch without reloading the whole thing.

  4. Josh

    is there any way to remove it once you have installed it?

  5. rak

    How big is the install? Would it fit nicely on my 4GB SSD with UNR already on it?

  6. Steve

    Does this install all the KDE components into the Gnome menus?

  7. Antonio

    Gracias, ¡me ha sido de mucha ayuda!

  8. akshat

    I suggest you wait a little more since the final kde 4.4 version is going to be released on 9th february.

  9. Dave

    Theres any way I can install only KDE?

    I dont want to install the whole Kubuntu distro, i just want KDE…

  10. calebstein

    I really don’t like KDE 4.4. I think KDE 4.3 is a lot better and more usable. Maybe it’s because I was running KDE 4.4 in a vm on my laptop, but I really didn’t enjoy the experience.

  11. e

    hi i do what u say but cant install kde in ubuntu9
    tell me more plz

  12. xenis

    hello. i am a novice on linux so treat me with patience!
    i tried to install kde 4.4 as you suggested. After the time-consuming step
    >> sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    it requested to restart and so after restarting a problem occured:

    [ 1.516995] kernel panic – not syncing: vfs: unable to mount root fs on unknown-block (8.2)

    How can i cure this thing?? please help me

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