Use KDE Plasma on Gnome with Emerald and Compiz

The plasma desktop effect of KDE is mouth-watering. It not only looks beautiful, but also has a good amount of usability. But, the interface is available(by default) only on the KDE desktop environment.
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Here is an easy way to get the plasma effect on Gnome along with Emerald and Gnome. The tutorial works on Ubuntu Karmic Koala.

Steps:

  • Go to System >> Administration >> Hardware Drivers, select the latest driver for Graphics and activate it.
  • Go to System >> Preferences >> Appearance >> Visual Effects, activate the extra mode.
  • Press Alt+F2, bring up xterm. Install required packages with the command
    sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager emerald fusion-icon kde-minimal
    compiz-kde kdeplasma-addons plasma-scriptengine-python gtk2-engines-qtcurve

    , this installs the packages named here.

  • Save the given code into a file, say “GnomeDesk.sh”,
    #!/bin/bash
    killall fusion-icon
    killall gnome-panel
    killall plasma-desktop
    gnome-panel &
    fusion-icon &

    This will create a launcher for Gnome desktop.

  • Save the given code into a file, say “PlasmaDesk.sh”,
    #!/bin/bash
    killall fusion-icon
    killall gnome-panel
    killall plasma-desktop
    plasma-desktop &
    fusion-icon &

    This will create a launcher for Plasma desktop.

  • Now, run these commands:
    chmod +x ~/Desktop/plasma-desktop.sh ; chmod +x ~/Desktop/gnome-desktop.sh

    This makes the files executable.

  • Open “gconf-editor” by typing it in the terminal. Go to the location
    desktop >> gnome >> session >> required_components

    and remove the “gnome-panel” value in the “Panel” section. This prevents Gnome panel from being reborn each time.

  • Install any Emerald theme.
  • Run the PlasmaDesk script you just created.
  • From Compiz Fusion icon, select  Window Manager as Compiz and Window Decorator as Emerald.
  • In KDE menu,  select Favorites >> System Settings >> Style, and set “GTK+” in  “Widget style”. Use the Humanity Icon set for best results.

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  • Is there any advantage to this compared to installing KDE and switching between Gnome and KDE?? Because it still needs to install 120 packages (211MB download, 488MB installed)…

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  • Jamesmotif

    Hi. I tried this up until I got an error about unsatisfied dependencies for kde-minimal needing kdebase-workspace:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    kde-minimal: Depends: kdebase-workspace (>= 4:4.3.1) but it is not going to be installed
    E: Broken packages

    D0 you have any idea’s on what the problem might be?