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A Little About Kubuntu

Kubuntu is an officially supported derivative of Ubuntu. Unlike Ubuntu, Kubuntu uses the KDE desktop environment instead of Gnome. Kubuntu offers you a more athetically pleasing operating system, but comes with a few downsides. Kubuntu is a lot heavier than Ubuntu and required more resources. Also Kubuntu doesn’t work well with smaller displays, like those found in netbooks (There is a netbook edition of Kubuntu which is suited for small displays) Kubuntu also comes with a different application set based on KDE. This is done purely for theme integration but many of the applications high quality and very simple. The one thing that Kubuntu has over Ubuntu is the level of visual effects. KDE has a huge supply of visual effects available to it.

Pre-Install Checklist

Before you actually install Kubuntu you are going to want to make sure that you have done the following.

  1. Do You Have The Kubuntu Live CD
  2. Have your Windows Install Disk (If Applicable) if anything goes wrong (all ways have something familiar to fall back to)
  3. Back Up Your Data Off Site
  4. When Dual Booting Windows Vista Or 7 always use the Windows Disk Management tool to partition your computer. Do not allow the Ubuntu installer to install Ubuntu Side  By Site. this is fine with Windows XP but will break Vista and 7.
  5. Have some way of getting help if something goes down hill. I.E. Another working computer.
  6. Make an account at so you can post your problems there.

Kubuntu Live CD [IMPORTANT!]

Before you can even consider installing Kubuntu you need an install CD or DVD these are rather easy to obtain and or create using your computers CD/DVD burner. Basically you need some kind of installation media. You are not limited to a CD or DVD but you can also use a USB Flashdrive or a Memory Card. Below is the video tutorial covering the creation of an Kubuntu Live CD from Windows. For the tutorial below we will be using the Imgburn application. Download Imgburn Here . As for creating a Bootable USB Flashdrive please see this post.

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Installing Kubuntu

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This Video Tutorial we will be looking at the installation process of Kubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. This video uses the default settings to install Kubuntu as your default operating system. This is both the simplest and most effective way of using Kubuntu. Please be aware that by installing Kubuntu, in the manor shown in this Video, will completely erase any data stored on your hard drive. Backing up said data is a mandatory act.

Kubuntu Basics

The videos below are designed to demonstrate the basics of using Kubuntu.

Installing Updates In Kubuntu

This is the most important step after first installing Kubuntu. Because Kubuntu isn’t always completely stable after the first release you should immediately check for updates. This is actually quite easy and makes learning Kubuntu just a little bit easier.

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Installing Applications In Kubuntu

Naturally after you go through the effort to install Kubuntu you are going to want to install replacement applications for those that you gave up when you switched. This is made easy by the Kpackage Kit. The Kpackage Kit should be fairly self explanatory, but for the sake of the Site I have to have a video

on it for those who might need it.

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How To Install Ubuntu 10.04

In this video I show you how to install Kubuntu using the default settings. This video assumes that you are replacing the current operating system with Kubuntu.

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Kubuntu is ubuntu at its core with a KDE shell. This gives it a pollished look while remaining flexible. kubuntu requires fairly high system resources. Please note that this process will format your hard-drive in the process of install Kubuntu and that any data that was not backed up to a different location first. Also understand that you will be replacing Windows if it exists and It will no longer be accessible.


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