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Installing KDE on standard Fedora desktop spin

asked 2014-09-05 02:38:41 -0500

guss77 gravatar image

I'm running the standard Fedora (21 branched) which uses GNOME Shell as the desktop environment, and I want to also install KDE. On Ubuntu its pretty easily done by installing the virtual kde-desktop package, but I can't figure out how to properly do this on Fedora.

I've installed kde-workspace, but still a lot of components are missing (such as volume control, bluetooth support, file manager), some of which I don't even know how to install separately as after numerous yum searchs I still haven't figured out which package contain these - like the network management.

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answered 2014-09-05 07:37:49 -0500

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updated 2014-09-05 07:43:25 -0500

Hey there! Welcome to AskFedora!

First of all, I've got to warn you about Rawhide. It is the testing for Fedora, I don't recommend you using it unless you are a developer or a really-bored-to-death person like me. Either way, it has some bugs and is not the most stable. If you have installed KDE correctly and this still occurs, it's probably a bug and you want to file it to Redhat Bugzilla. If you haven't or don't think you've installed properly, read the section below (skip to the end if you don't understand/want to learn Linux yum tricks, etc)...

2 options you shall have (in the Yoda voice;):

Use the groups install as @vtrefny said. You have to execute:

$ sudo yum groupinstall "KDE Plasma Workspaces"


$ sudo yum install @kde

In the future, to avoid this problem, use the search or list on yum if applicable. For example:

$ sudo yum search kde

In this case, it wouldn't really work. So, naturally, I would resort to the groupinstall. To list all groups available, use the command below:

$ sudo yum grouplist|grep -i KDE

which would return

KDE Plasma Workspaces

So, the one liner to do this would be

$ sudo yum install $(sudo yum grouplist|grep -i KDE)

SUMMARY: Use this command below.

$ sudo yum install $(sudo yum grouplist|grep -i KDE)


$ sudo yum install @kde


$ sudo yum install @kde-desktop


If you are unsure, check the first link. It has a good answer (almost the same as the first answer here though). Anyway, hope you're able to install KDE. I'm a user as well!



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Why are there three ways to install same thing? yum group install "KDE Plasma Workspaces", yum install @kde, and yum install @kde-desktop. I am just curious about the history.

sudhirkhanger gravatar imagesudhirkhanger ( 2014-09-06 11:05:01 -0500 )edit

The first is the group name. Check with yum groupinfo. A group in yum is a specific set of packages. The second and third are virtually the same. They will also attempt to install a set of packages. All have the same end result, so IMO, no difference.

abadrinath gravatar imageabadrinath ( 2014-09-09 01:10:05 -0500 )edit

So IIUC, @kde is an alias for the group "KDE Plasma Workspace"?

guss77 gravatar imageguss77 ( 2015-04-02 06:52:36 -0500 )edit

That's right.

abadrinath gravatar imageabadrinath ( 2015-04-03 01:05:01 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-09-05 03:07:56 -0500

vtrefny gravatar image

You can use YUM software groups:

sudo yum groupinstall "KDE Plasma Workspaces"
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