That's not quite correct (as in "not the complete answer"). First question: Do you mean KDE4 or KDE4.4 ?
Remember, KDE4.x has been in Mint before.
Plus, even the (up until today) newest KDE 4.3.x is available for Mint(8)-Helena .
=> Here's a wayto install it from the command line:
You can add the mint repository for kde by editing (as sudo or root) the file /etc/apt/sources.list (i.e. sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list)
-- Add the following line to the file (take the whole line as it is, forget the "link" created here in the forum by some automatic):
deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ helena-kde main upstream import
-- Then run from the command line
sudo aptitude update
-- and then for 32-bit
sudo aptitude install mint-meta-kde mint-configuration-kde mint-artwork-kde kdm-theme-mint-kde ksplash-theme-mint-kde mint-info-kde rootactions-servicemenu
or for 64-bit
sudo aptitude install mint-meta-kde64 mint-configuration-kde mint-artwork-kde kdm-theme-mint-kde ksplash-theme-mint-kde mint-info-kde64 rootactions-servicemenu
-- That should pull the packages. It will take a while as this is a few 100 MB.
-- You will then be prompted to configure a few things.
Most notably to me:
Since you need a Display manager: Choose kdm over gdm. It lets you choose at login time into which Desktop Environment to boot.
gdm is the default for anything Mint except KDE -- HOWEVER, it doesn't (at least in my case) see that KDE is installed at all. kdm does recognize the KDE, Gnome and any other D.E. that is installed.
-- After a reboot you will then be able to log into KDE on Mint-8-Helena!
I installed a "premature" KDE-64 bit on Helena that way - and it works quite okay. Remember, Mint-KDE64 isn't even released!
I cannot say for sure whether this is the "complete" official KDE desktop we'll see soon. (it looks somewhat "empty" as far as desktop-"plasmoids" are concerned). Maybe it's the Minty way.
Or am i missing some packages to install ?
I will compare the two soon in a virtualbox.
In any case - Some Mnt-KDE64 is there for you already.
Good luck on the adventure and enjoy
proxima_centauri wrote:I will be interested in hearing if this technique works flawlessly from a Linux Mint 8 main edition install, although I have my doubts.
proxima_centauri wrote:You can install KDE4 in Linux Mint 8 main edition, but it will be a vanilla KDE. It will not be the same as a Linux Mint 8 KDE CE install.
There is the kdebase package and kubuntu-desktop package available.
proxima_centauri wrote:I ask because I followed your steps in Virtualbox and it broke my install. Perhaps I made a mistake at some point.
olligod wrote:proxima_centauri wrote:I ask because I followed your steps in Virtualbox and it broke my install. Perhaps I made a mistake at some point.
Tell us what happened, maybe we can help. Do you mean, your attempt to install KDE broke Gnome? What were the error messages along the way or at the end?
proxima_centauri wrote: Long story short, I don't think it's good advice to give to new users if they wish to try out Linux Mint KDE CE. I will try the process again, from a fresh install, in case it was due to my error.
Until you can provide sure-fire steps to follow, I would respectfully request you add a disclaimer to your original post - in case a new user follows the instructions without fully understanding the potential consequences.
olligod wrote:I do see your point about inexperienced users.
I am sorry that happened to you. When I heard this, I did it again, for me it worked again.
olligod wrote:I am using VirtualBox 3.0.10 running on host Kubuntu 9.10 64-bit. The guest: I started from Mint-8-main-64-bit that was installed as a -RC1 and then upgraded to final via update process. The (not KDE related) packages versions in there were updated 7 days ago.
olligod wrote:I believe your gnome desktop is still there. You will need to be able to switch anyway if you ever have both Gnome and KDE installed.
Just out of curiosity, (that needs not stop you from starting over) - when the KDE login screen screen appears, you should be able to switch to gnome BEFORE login: left beneath the login lines there are 2 icons. The left (3 lines in an icon) is for choosing either Gnome or KDE.
olligod wrote:I will add a note for inexperienced users on my original post (and do so in the future if I say something that changes the system). That is in fact a good idea as it turns out. My posts will never go without henceforth.
proxima_centauri wrote:No errors from apt. KDM was never installed after your instructions. My GDM broke and upon boot I was presented with a command line login. ... I have since reinstalled a default version of Linux Mint again.
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