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Installing Kubuntu

Installing Kubuntu is just like installing Ubuntu. It is pretty much a snap. Let’s start with where you can find it.

Where to Find Kubuntu

Kubuntu is available at www.kubuntu.org/download.php. An image file can be downloaded and then burned onto either a DVD or a CD-ROM. Two different types of Kubuntu images can be downloaded and used. The first is the desktop CD, which allows the user to test and run Kubuntu without changing any settings. The second is the alternate install CD, which provides for a more advanced installation.

The desktop CD of Kubuntu 8.04 is the primary way to install Kubuntu on your system. This CD is a great way to demonstrate the power of Kubuntu to your friends before they install it on their systems. The desktop CD acts as a live CD and allows Kubuntu to run on your system without erasing anything already installed.

Finding the Right Version of Kubuntu

To try out or install either Kubuntu 8.04 with KDE3 or Kubuntu 8.04 KDE4 Remix, download a CD image from Kubuntu’s Web site (www.kubuntu.org).

Can I Switch to Kubuntu If I Have Ubuntu Installed Already?

If you have installed Ubuntu on your system already, it is extremely easy to install and configure Kubuntu. In Synaptic, find the package kubuntu-desktop, which provides all the necessary programs to have your system look and act like Kubuntu. Don’t worry—you can still switch between Ubuntu with GNOME and Kubuntu with KDE. Once Kubuntu is installed, you can choose which desktop environment to use, either GNOME or KDE. Also, if you have Kubuntu installed already and wish to install Ubuntu, it is just as simple to switch: Just install ubuntu-desktop through Adept and you will be using the GNOME desktop.

Once you have installed the kubuntu-desktop package, end your GNOME session and choose Session from the menu. Select KDE instead of GNOME as your window manager, and then select Make Default. From now on, KDE will start for you when you sign on.

Can I Switch to KDE4 If I Am Currently Running 8.04 with KDE3?

If you have installed Kubuntu 8.04 with KDE3 and are interested in running KDE4, you can use Adept to install and switch to KDE4. With Adept open, search for the kubuntu-kde4-desktop package and install it.

Installing from the Desktop CD

Kubuntu has the ability to install directly from the desktop CD, so there is no need to download separate CDs; simply download the desktop CD and show off to your friends how great Kubuntu is, or give it a test run for the first time. Kubuntu’s live installer program is called Ubiquity.

After you start up the desktop CD, an icon called Install appears on your desktop. Choose to install Kubuntu, and Ubiquity guides you through the installation phase (Figure 8-1).

Ubiquity guides you in setting up the correct country and time zone (Figure 8-2).

Once you have answered these questions, Ubiquity prompts you to select the correct keyboard layout (Figure 8-3), create a username and password, and assign a name for the installed computer (Figure 8-4).

After you fill out this information, Ubiquity helps you set up and partition your disks, as shown in Figure 8-5. Before you perform the installation, Ubiquity shows exactly what is going to happen to your system and makes sure you would like to install (Figure 8-6). After everything is set up, Kubuntu will be installed, and you will be prompted for a reboot. You are now ready to use your Kubuntu system.

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