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What is KDE?

KDE is created by a group of people producing software oriented toward a great user experience. The software includes a set of libraries, an application collection (games and educational applications, web browsers, office and creativity suites, PIM applications such as email, addressbook, and calendar), and a set of workspace shells (targeting desktops & laptops, netbooks, or tablets and touch-screen devices (the latter of which is not yet packaged for Debian).

KDE in Debian

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 three 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 applications 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 Desktop" task

KDE Desktop task is what is installed by Debian-Installer's Desktop "task" (if you typed install desktop=kde at DebianInstaller CD prompt.)

Then, install the kde-desktop task:

KDE Desktop - Content


The "KDE Desktop" task is actually the sum of tasksel's common desktop (desktop) and tasksel's selected desktop (kde-desktop) :

As of DebianSqueeze, this corresponds to:

(tasksel --task-packages desktop ; tasksel --task-packages kde-desktop) | sort -u

The appearance of GTK-applications in KDE

To get gtk-applications look native in KDE 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