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1 Dirk January 27, 2008 at 2:25 am

I have in installed the kde-core as instructed. I do not get the kde desktop option in the splash screen at start-up. I only have ubuntu 7.10 but not kubuntu. Do I have to install the kde desktop (kde3) as well?


2 Barry January 30, 2008 at 3:46 am

Its not a different version of ubuntu so you dont choose it at boot, you click options on the login screen, click on sessions, then choose KDE.


3 Chris February 6, 2008 at 11:08 pm

Thanks for the instructions. Better than the instructions from the KDE site


4 Marty Young February 9, 2008 at 9:18 pm

I installed kde4 on my studio ubuntu 7.10 with no problem. neo 2 motherboard,2.8ghz nvideo video. desktop is indeed different but kink of cool,. Something new to learn. Thanks , I was wondering how i was going to make the change. Marty Young ct,usa


5 John February 14, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Cheers for the clear instructions. Making my life learning KDE 4 alot easier.

Many Thanks


6 Issac February 17, 2008 at 10:45 pm

I tried it but got this error message:

$ sudo apt-get install kde4-core
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree… Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.

Since you only requested a single operation it is extremely likely that
the package is simply not installable and a bug report against
that package should be filed.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
kde4-core: Depends: kdebase-kde4 (>= 4:4.0.0) but it is not going to be installed
Depends: kdebase-workspace (>= 4:4.0.0) but it is not going to be installed Depends: kdebase-runtime (>= 4:4.0.0) but it is not going to be installed
Depends: kdelibs5 (>= 4:4.0.0) but it is not going to be installed
Depends: kdepimlibs5 (>= 4:4.0.0) but it is not going to be installed
E: Broken packages

It also didn’t work to use aptitude:

$ sudo aptitude install kde4-core
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree… Done
Reading extended state information
Initializing package states… Done
Building tag database… Done
The following packages are BROKEN:
dolphin-kde4 kappfinder-kde4 kde4libs-bin kdebase-bin-kde4 kdebase-runtime
kdebase-runtime-bin-kde4 kdebase-workspace-bin kdelibs5 kdepasswd-kde4
kdepimlibs5 kdm-kde4 kfind-kde4 klipper-kde4 konqueror-kde4
konqueror-nsplugins-kde4 konsole-kde4 ksysguard-kde4 ksysguardd-kde4 kwin-kde4
kwrite-kde4 libkonq5 libphonon4 libplasma1 libsoprano4 libstreamanalyzer0
libstreams0 libstrigiqtdbusclient0 systemsettings-kde4

Resolving dependencies…
Unable to resolve dependencies! Giving up…


7 bbooth February 20, 2008 at 3:11 am

I just installed Kubuntu 7.10 and had the same broken packages message. Turns out my /etc/apt/sources.list file had a bunch of lines commented out by the installer because it coudn’t verify. I uncommented them, apt-get updated, and then tried the kde4-core install. Works now.


8 boby April 13, 2008 at 10:52 am

Didn’t work for me :(


9 svzard May 3, 2008 at 7:56 am

Hey, I tried what you told but on top of Hardy. Everything went smooth, it asked which display manager you want to be default and I chose ‘gdm’ (coz, i’m only testing KDE 4). But when I chose KDE from ‘Select Session’ and tried logging in, it just shows the splash screen similar to one given at the kubuntu site, then for some reason logs out automatically and comes to ubuntu log-in screen again. What could be wrong? You asked to disable compiz.. My hardware is not capable of it. Yet please let me know how to disable it if its enabled and if its the cause of this error…


10 ryan February 25, 2009 at 1:43 am

i got the same error as Issac above…i also ran into the problem that my /var/lib/dpkg/lock file was not mine (it belonged to root) and i was not allowed to write on it. changing the permissions was like impossible cuz im not root.
that was a lot of fun….and yes, very detailed instructions


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