Can't load Kubuntu Desktop on Ubuntu 12.10

Asked by ThomasMc on 2012-11-26

Hi team,

I've successfully installed Kubuntu on Ubuntu 12.10 (quantal) running GNOME 3.6.0 (Ubuntu 2012-10-04) following the FromUbuntuToKubuntu instructions at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FromUbuntuToKubuntu. The only differance was that I installed it via the Software Center because I wasn't able to install it using Synaptic Package Manager.

Unfortunately I'm not provided with any option to change Session either upon logout or following reboot.

I can see kde app's in the all applications view. The only visible sign is the appearnce of KDE Accessible icon up the top!

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop
kubuntu-desktop is already the newest version.

dpkg --get-selections |grep -i kubuntu
kubuntu-debug-installer install
kubuntu-default-settings install
kubuntu-desktop install
kubuntu-docs install
kubuntu-firefox-installer install
kubuntu-netbook-default-settings install
kubuntu-notification-helper install
kubuntu-web-shortcuts install
plymouth-theme-kubuntu-logo install
plymouth-theme-kubuntu-text install

dpkg-query -l kubuntu-desktop
Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name Version Architecture Description
+++-================================================-=============================-=============================-======================================================================================================
ii kubuntu-desktop 1.263 amd64 Kubuntu Plasma Desktop/Netbook system

dpkg-query -l kubuntu-default-settings
Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name Version Architecture Description
+++-================================================-=============================-=============================-======================================================================================================
ii kubuntu-default-settings 1:12.10ubuntu10 all Default settings and artwork for the Kubuntu desktop

 sudo apt-get update
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security InRelease
Ign http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal InRelease
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net quantal InRelease
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security Release.gpg
Ign http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal-updates InRelease
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net quantal Release.gpg
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security Release
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal Release.gpg
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net quantal Release
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/main amd64 Packages
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal-updates Release.gpg
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net quantal/main Sources
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/restricted amd64 Packages
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal Release
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net quantal/main amd64 Packages
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/universe amd64 Packages
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal-updates Release
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/multiverse amd64 Packages
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal/main amd64 Packages
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal/restricted amd64 Packages
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/main Translation-en
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal/universe amd64 Packages
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal/multiverse amd64 Packages
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/multiverse Translation-en
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal/main Translation-en_GB
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal/main Translation-en
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/restricted Translation-en
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal/multiverse Translation-en_GB
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal/multiverse Translation-en
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net quantal/main Translation-en_GB
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/universe Translation-en
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal/restricted Translation-en_GB
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net quantal/main Translation-en
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal/restricted Translation-en
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal/universe Translation-en_GB
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal/universe Translation-en
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal-updates/main amd64 Packages
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal-updates/restricted amd64 Packages
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal-updates/universe amd64 Packages
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal-updates/multiverse amd64 Packages
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal-updates/main Translation-en
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/main Translation-en_GB
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal-updates/multiverse Translation-en
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/multiverse Translation-en_GB
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/restricted Translation-en_GB
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal-updates/restricted Translation-en
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/universe Translation-en_GB
Hit http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal-updates/universe Translation-en
Ign http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal-updates/main Translation-en_GB
Ign http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal-updates/multiverse Translation-en_GB
Ign http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal-updates/restricted Translation-en_GB
Ign http://ftp.heanet.ie quantal-updates/universe Translation-en_GB
Reading package lists... Done

 apt-cache policy kde-workspace-bin
kde-workspace-bin:
  Installed: 4:4.9.2-0ubuntu2.1
  Candidate: 4:4.9.2-0ubuntu2.1
  Version table:
 *** 4:4.9.2-0ubuntu2.1 0
        500 http://ftp.heanet.ie/pub/ubuntu/ quantal-updates/universe amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     4:4.9.2-0ubuntu2 0
        500 http://ftp.heanet.ie/pub/ubuntu/ quantal/universe amd64 Packages

sudo apt-get --reinstall install kde-workspace-bin plasma-desktop
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  calligra-l10n-engb firefox-locale-en kde-l10n-engb kdevelop-l10n kdevelop-php-docs-l10n kdevelop-php-l10n language-pack-en language-pack-en-base language-pack-kde-en
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 2 reinstalled, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B/2,848 kB of archives.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
(Reading database ... 218722 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace kde-workspace-bin 4:4.9.2-0ubuntu2.1 (using .../kde-workspace-bin_4%3a4.9.2-0ubuntu2.1_amd64.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement kde-workspace-bin ...
Preparing to replace plasma-desktop 4:4.9.2-0ubuntu2.1 (using .../plasma-desktop_4%3a4.9.2-0ubuntu2.1_amd64.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement plasma-desktop ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Processing triggers for bamfdaemon ...
Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf.index...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus ...
Setting up plasma-desktop (4:4.9.2-0ubuntu2.1) ...
Setting up kde-workspace-bin (4:4.9.2-0ubuntu2.1) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin ...
ldconfig deferred processing now taking place

sudo apt-get --reinstall install plasma-widgets-workspace
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  calligra-l10n-engb firefox-locale-en kde-l10n-engb kdevelop-l10n kdevelop-php-docs-l10n kdevelop-php-l10n language-pack-en language-pack-en-base language-pack-kde-en
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 reinstalled, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B/468 kB of archives.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
(Reading database ... 218722 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace plasma-widgets-workspace 4:4.9.2-0ubuntu2.1 (using .../plasma-widgets-workspace_4%3a4.9.2-0ubuntu2.1_amd64.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement plasma-widgets-workspace ...
Setting up plasma-widgets-workspace (4:4.9.2-0ubuntu2.1) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin ...
ldconfig deferred processing now taking place

Question information

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Solved by:
Warren Hill
Solved:
2012-11-26
Last query:
2012-11-26
Last reply:
2012-11-26
Best Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #1

From the login screen there is a circular icon next to your name and just above the box you enter your password in. It is not obvious but clicking on this brings up a menu where you should be able to select the KDE desktop and login. Once done KDE will be the default but you can click this icon again to change back if you wish.

ThomasMc (tom-mc-mahon) said : #2

Thanks Warren Hill, that solved my question.