How to install KDE?

Hi, I’m getting back into working on my Librem 13 and reinstalled PureOS from the OEM installer.

Gnome really gets in my way all the time though and I’d prefer to run KDE. However, are the repos broken? Or an I supposed to install KDE some other way?

$ apt install kde-standard
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
kde-standard : Depends: kopete (>= 4:17.08.3) but it is not going to be installed
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

Check out this wiki entry:


Will do, thanks for the super fast response!

Don’t forget to do:

sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade before trying to install anything.

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That procedure worked well and now I have an OS I understand how to use. :wink:
I appreciate Gnome is experimenting with their vision for the future, but it mostly just confuses me.

And definitely yes, be sure to update your system fully before trying to switch desktop systems.
For me, this time, it was a fresh PureOS install that was fully updated.
Still not sure why ‘apt install kde-standard’ wouldn’t work, but I guess it doesn’t really matter.


There are KDE Plasma ISO images you can download and install, link.