By the end of this article, you will have known how to install KDE Desktop Environment on Pop!_OS. KDE stands for K Desktop Environment, and is the most commonly used on Linux Operating Systems. With KDE, you got the option to customize your desktop as you wish, with an easy to use Graphical User Interface, most Linux users love this desktop environment.
KDE desktop environment comes in three version, KDE Full, KDE standard and KDE Plasma. KDE full when installed comes with all the apps including those that you might not need. KDE standard as the name suggests ships a few applications that you might need. KDE Plasma on the other hand, is the minimal version of KDE with no apps, if you need applications, you might need to install them manually.
Install KDE Desktop Environment on Pop!_OS 20.04|20.10|21.04
Step 1. Update your Pop!_OS system
To update, use this command;
sudo apt update
Step 2. Install KDE desktop Environment on Pop!_OS 20.04|20.10|21.04
Since there are three versions of KDE, lets look at how you can install each one of them, starting with KDE Full, which is about 1GB;
sudo apt install kde-full
Install KDE Standard on Pop!_OS which is approximately 300MB, to do so, use the command below;
sudo apt install kde-standard
To install, KDE plasma on Pop!_OS which is about 170MB, use the following command;
sudo apt install kde-plasma-desktop
For our case, we will install the KDE Plasma version on how system, below is the output of the command above;
Below is a section of the output;
Setting up plasma-desktop (4:5.19.5-0ubuntu1) ... Setting up kde-plasma-desktop (5:106ubuntu1) ... Processing triggers for sgml-base (1.30) ... Processing triggers for menu (2.1.47ubuntu4) ... Processing triggers for fontconfig (2.13.1-2ubuntu3) ... Processing triggers for bamfdaemon (0.5.3+18.04.20180207.2-0ubuntu2) ... Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf-2.index... Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.24-1ubuntu4) ... Processing triggers for mime-support (3.64ubuntu1) ... Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.17-2) ... Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.36.0-1ubuntu1) ... Processing triggers for libglib2.0-0:amd64 (2.66.1-2ubuntu0.2) ... Processing triggers for libglib2.0-0:i386 (2.66.1-2ubuntu0.2) ... Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.32-0ubuntu3) ... Processing triggers for systemd (246.6-1ubuntu1.3pop0~1617377719~20.10~ce920ac) ... Processing triggers for man-db (2.9.3-2) ... Setting up kdoctools5 (5.74.0-0ubuntu1) ... Setting up khelpcenter (4:20.08.1-0ubuntu1) ... Processing triggers for dbus (1.12.20-1ubuntu1) ... Processing triggers for shared-mime-info (2.0-1) ... Setting up plasma-pa (4:5.19.5-0ubuntu2) ... Processing triggers for libvlc-bin:amd64 (18.104.22.168-2) ...
Step 3. Choose the display manager
You will be prompted to choose the display manager as shown below;
Choose any of the ones below, then tap enter;
Choosing the display manager to proceed with, allows you to successfully install KDE desktop environment on Pop!_OS.
Step 4. Reboot the System
To reboot, use the following command;
Step 5. Login using Plasma
On the login screen, choose Plasma as your desktop environment, then login normally with your usual password, like as shown;
The above procedure will be able to open KDE desktop environment on Pop!_OS.