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    Talking HowTo Install KDE 3 into Kubuntu Intrepid

    Prologue
    I switched to Kubuntu Intrepid from Hardy and I kept KDE 3 because, in my opinion, KDE 4 is not ready to day-by-day pc operations.

    This is not a post against KDE 4, so please do not start flame war about KDE.

    I understand at large the reasons why Kubuntu team make the decision to switch the WM into KDE 4 and to do not include KDE 3 anymore; in my view this is a simply wrong decision, but it's ok.
    Anyway, because I like very much *ubuntu philosophy and KDE, I found a way to continue to use my distribution at the ultimate release (Intrepid) with my favorite (at the moment) WM, KDE 3.

    First of all I must say a big thanks to Madscientist159 that, without his precious works, the solution to use KDE 3 into Intrepid was not possible. Again, Madscientis159, in the full sense of *ubuntu community, invest his time and knowledge into this possibility.

    I did the following steps personally, but I do not guarantee that this will work for you, but if I can I'll try to help you.
    Please follow the steps indicated if you are a quite experienced user of the system.

    The upgrade from Hardy to Intrepid
    When you are still in Hardy install Gnome environment
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install ubuntu-desktop
    Reboot your machine and log into Gnome
    Open a terminal window and do:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get dist upgrade
    Accept the updates if any.
    Download on your desktop my source list file sources.txt (available at the end of the post); the repositories in the sources.txt are the official one from Ubuntu; then do:
    Code:
    sudo cp ~/Desktop/sources.txt /etc/apt/sources.list
    Then upgrade the system from Hardy to Intrepid:
    To upgrade from Ubuntu 8.04, press Alt+F2 and type in "update-manager -d" (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release '8.10' is available. Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.
    (I did not make the command above to upgrade, but I used apt-get, the comand above is the official one anyway)

    At the end of installation reboot your machine and log into Gnome. Now you are in Intrepid

    Install KDE 3 into Intrepid
    Attention! Install KDE 3 will REMOVE KDE 4
    Open the sources.list file
    Code:
    sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
    And add the following lines (the Madscientist159 repository) at the end and save/close the file:
    Code:
    ###KDE3 on Intrepid
    deb http://apt.pearsoncomputing.net/ intrepid main
    deb-src http://apt.pearsoncomputing.net/ intrepid main
    Add GPG to the repository:
    Code:
    wget http://apt.pearsoncomputing.net/public.gpg
    sudo apt-key add public.gpg
    Then do:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    sudo apt-get install kde3 jockey-kde
    Reboot your machine and log into KDE; now you are in KDE 3 in Intrepid

    Annoyances
    Fix KDM login window
    Code:
    sudo ln -s /usr/share/apps/kdm/themes/Krystal/ /usr/share/apps/kdm/themes/kubuntu
    Remove kde applet for network-manager (is not working)
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove knetworkmanager network-manager-kde
    Add nm-applet of Gnome into KDE
    Code:
    sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nm-applet ~/.kde/Autostart/nm-applet
    Probably you must reconfigure kicker (KDE app bar and some stuff in kcontrol like fonts and style), if you had previously (in Hardy) installed compiz+emerald the configuration will be kept intact.

    Reboot to get your networking works under KDE
    Basically now you have finished, just add Medibutu repositories
    Code:
    sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/intrepid.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    Accept the updates if any.

    Do you still want KDE 4?
    You can use the Nightly Neon ppa repositories (no GPG for authenticated packages)
    Open sources.list
    Code:
    sudo kate /etc/apt/sources.list
    And add the following lines at the end of the file, then save/close the file:
    Code:
    ###Amarok2 & KDE4 Nightly Neon!!
    deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/project-neon/ubuntu intrepid main
    Then do:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    sudo apt-get install kde-nightly
    Reboot the machine. Now you can choose 3 WM at the login window:
    • KDE 3
    • KDE 4 (Nightly)
    • Gnome


    That's it.
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    Re: HowTo Install KDE 3 into Kubuntu Intrepid

    This is a very nice howto! The only thing I want to note is that it's not necessary to install ubuntu-desktop if you just want GNOME. This should do the trick:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gnome-core gnome-themes ubuntu-artwork

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    Re: HowTo Install KDE 3 into Kubuntu Intrepid

    Let's just say (hypothetically, of course) that someone followed the instructions in this post, but upon further consideration, decided that he/she would prefer to stick with KDE4 afterall... what should that person do?

    I have this 'friend' who might possibly be in this position. He tried to merely comment out the KDE3.5 repos mentioned in this post, remove KDE3, and install kubuntu-desktop from the official Intrepid repos, but was unable to do so. There were reports of broken packages.

    What should my friend do?

    Thanks!

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    Re: HowTo Install KDE 3 into Kubuntu Intrepid

    Great guide!
    Thanks!

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    Re: HowTo Install KDE 3 into Kubuntu Intrepid

    Quote Originally Posted by james_xxx View Post
    Let's just say (hypothetically, of course) that someone followed the instructions in this post, but upon further consideration, decided that he/she would prefer to stick with KDE4 afterall... what should that person do?

    I have this 'friend' who might possibly be in this position. He tried to merely comment out the KDE3.5 repos mentioned in this post, remove KDE3, and install kubuntu-desktop from the official Intrepid repos, but was unable to do so. There were reports of broken packages.

    What should my friend do?

    Thanks!
    I don't know. But maybe depends by the error that your friend got when try to reinstall kubuntu-desktop. I think there is no problem if your friend doing this operation inside Gnome or even inside kde-nighly; afaik, the packages of kubuntu-desktop will replace the kde3 packages
    Code:
    sudo aptitude install kubuntu-desktop
    like kde3 packages replaced official kde 4 of kubuntu when you installed them.

    But this is not the point, I think your friend should use Hardy with kde 3 and kde 4 and when he decided to use kde 4 switch to Intrepid as normal update (official), in a sense your question is not pertinent to the sense of my post, that means: I want to use Intrepid (because I want to be in the last edition of my distro beside WM) and I want to use KDE 3 because is the WM that simply works for my needs.
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