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What is KDE?

The KDE Community is an international technology team dedicated to creating a free and user-friendly computing experience, offering an advanced graphical desktop, a wide variety of applications for communication, work, education and entertainment and a platform to easily build new applications upon. We have a strong focus on finding innovative solutions to old and new problems, creating a vibrant atmosphere open for experimentation.

KDE's software in Debian

Plasma by KDE is one of the DesktopEnvironment options in the DebianDesktopHowTo.

You can find information about KDE's software in Debian from the Debian Qt/KDE maintainers website.


There are different options to install KDE Plasma Desktop in Debian:

How to install


"KDE Plasma Desktop"

task, see below

Debian's selection of applications
(This is what is installed on a freshly installed KDE system. It include some non applications, like openoffice, iceweasel, inkscape...)

KDE (Full release of workspace, applications and framework)

kde-full package

The standard/upstream release

KDE (Debian selected common stuff for workspace, applications and framework)

kde-standard package

A debian selection of common things

KDE Plasma Desktop

kde-plasma-desktop package

This is a minimalist plasma desktop
(You have to install all end-user applications later). Above packages depend on this on.

KDE Plasma Netbook

kde-plasma-netbook package

This is a minimalist plasma netbook
(You have to install all end-user applications later). Above packages depend on this on.

Installing "KDE Plasma Desktop" task

KDE Plasma Desktop task is what is installed by Debian-Installer's Desktop "task". You can choose this by going to "Advanced Options" => "Alternative Desktop Environments" => "KDE" in the installer menu (or by typing install desktop=kde at DebianInstaller CD prompt).

Then, install the kde-desktop task:

Using self-built (parts) of KDE Frameworks 5, Plasma 5, KDE Applications

See Using self-built (parts) of KDE Frameworks 5, Plasma 5, KDE Applications.

The appearance of GTK-applications in Plasma

To get gtk-applications look native in Plasma you need install these packages and configure appearance of them through System Settings > Application appearance.


KDE configuration module for GTK+ 2/3.x style selection


Oxygen widget theme for GTK2+-based applications


Oxygen widget theme for GTK3+-based applications (Debian Wheezy)

See also