When looking around for more programs to install, you may hear of great KDE (K Desktop Environment) apps, and be wondering if you need to be running Kubuntu to use them. The answer is that while these apps do indeed need parts of KDE to function, those dependencies can be automatically fulfilled via your package manager, Synaptic.
So you need not have installed KDE as a backup desktop environment, as those programs will just install needed KDE libraries and programs/commands they depend on. Or more accurately, Synaptic will take care of that. And don’t worry about KDE system files interfering with Gnome, as they are quite separate, and they will only ever be called upon by those KDE programs when needed.
As you’ll note in Synaptic, those programs will be listed as KDE apps, but nonetheless can be installed into Gnome. And they’re easy to find, as the majority actually start with K. So don’t be shy to try a few out, as some will be so good they’ll replace apps you currently use, and others will end your search for an app for a particular task. Just note that occasionally there might be a few minor issues, like parts of programs not displaying properly, but these can be easily resolved.
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