How to Install KDE (K Desktop Environment) on Debian Wheezy

Hello Linux Geeksters.

In this article, I will show you how to install KDE (K Desktop Environment) on Debian Wheezy.

If you do not like Gnome on your Debian Wheezy, you can install KDE. It is in the default repositories, so all you have to do to install it is:

$ sudo apt-get install kde-standard

The kde-standard package will install all the packages associated with KDE.

If install KDE over GNOME, you will get an configuration screen, like the one in the picture. Choose kdm for KDE:

This is it. Reboot and choose KDE Plasma Workspace at the startup menu.

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4 comments on “How to Install KDE (K Desktop Environment) on Debian Wheezy
  1. The Debian Noob says:

    I would like to know what is the difference between installing the following in a Debian 6.0.7 machine (64 bit).
    a) Kde-standard
    b) Kde-desktop
    c) kde-full

  2. s1c says:

    The difference between them lies in the amount of applications that they have installed at start.
    kde-desktop < kde-standard < kde-full

  3. bodycode says:


  4. Anand says:

    Good Tutorial but if you need the gui way:
    Use Synaptic Package Manager and there is an option to choose
    KDESTANDARD to install.

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