Remove KDE

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Before removing a Desktop Environment like KDE, you have to keep a few things in mind;

  • it will remove tons and tons of stuff, probably more than you want to be removed.
  • Removing too much might leave your system unusable.
  • Be sure to have an alternative DM installed. (gdm or lxdm or lightdm)

That said, unless you are running out of hard drive space or have limited bandwidth for updates,

there is no real harm in having kde installed. If you don't use it, it won't hinder performance.


For this to work, the best way of doing this is to first install a alternative Desktop Environment.

In this tutorial KDE will be replaced with XFCE.

  1. open a console/terminal and become root. (of course you can also do this with Rigo
  2. install your alternative Desktop Environment:
#   equo install @xfce --ask

for Rigo: enter:xfce4-meta in the searchbox, select the package, and click install,

or install directly using a shortcut in the searchbox: do:install xfce4-meta accept the licence agreement.

  1. install a alternative LoginManager: (in this case, i choose lxdm)
#   equo install lxdm
  1. while at the terminal, change the default LoginManager to lxdm:
#   nano -w /etc/conf.d/xdm

and replace:



  1. When done, save: [CTRL-O] and close: [CTRL-X]
  2. logoff, and logon again into the fresh installed Environment. (NOT KDE)

Removing KDE

So now we're logged in with XFCE.

  1. open your favourite terminal, and become root.
  2. enter following in the terminal:
equo remove kdelibs --ask --deep
  1. check the package list before proceeding.
It might very well be possible, that Entropy wants to remove vital packages for XFCE as well.,

so chances are that after a reboot the system is unusable.

In that case, when KDE is removed., before rebooting, (just in case) simply reinstall your new DE, eg.: equo install @xfce

final steps

When done, a few final steps, enter equo conf update to check if configuration files needs to be updated, manually.

perform a equo deptest and equo libtest.

and remove the .kde4 directory in your home folder...

rm -rf /home/your-username/.kde4

and .kderc:

rm -rf /home/your-username/.kderc