Install KDE on Linux Mint 12

Linux Mint comes with default Gnome and MATE desktop environment. To install an additional K desktop environment (KDE):

sudo apt-get install kde-full

This is a huge package which is 1.4GB, this is the easiest way to install KDE if you have enough HDD spaces.

You can remove the kdm if you want, for me I preserve kdm but chose lightdm (Linux Mint default dm) as default.

To change lightdm background edit the file:

sudo gedit /etc/lightdm/unity-greeter.conf

Look for this line:


Change the absolute path to the path your preferred image (jpg or png) is located.


5 thoughts on “Install KDE on Linux Mint 12

  1. Thanks for the how-to! Im still very new to linux and im getting the hang of sudo code. Its good to know that I was close to the code by trying to install with help, all i needed was “-full” 🙂

  2. I have been wondering how to install groups of applications forever in Linux Mint. Any help there? The kde-full helps, but I’d like to know if the “full” works for any group of apps.


  3. kde-full is the meta package which includes those K apps and groups, I am not sure about your question, are you saying if the suffix “full” applies for other packages you install? If this is what you mean then I would say use apt-cache search to find out the name of the package.

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