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KDE on Rocky Linux 9

Installing KDE on Rocky Linux 9 is easy, as long as you enable the right repositories. One of these have changed since Rocky Linux 8, so if you’ve found a RL8 guide online, you may have been stymied.

Install Rocky Linux and choose either Server with GUI or Workstation under software selection.

Make sure the account you created for yourself is an administrator.

After installation has completed, log in and open up a terminal app.

Add the EPEL Repository

sudo dnf -y install epel-release

PowerTools is now called CRB. This repository has many of the prerequisites that KDE needs.

sudo dnf config-manager --set-enabled crb

Update packages with the new repositories

sudo dnf -y update

Install KDE Plasma

sudo dnf group -y install "KDE Plasma Workspaces"

Disable the GNOME login screen an enable the KDE login screen

sudo systemctl disable gdm
sudo systemctl enable sddm


sudo reboot

Once you reboot, you should be at the KDE login screen.

Make sure to choose Desktop Session: Plasma (X11) or Plasma (Wayland) from the login screen.

Enjoy KDE Plasma on Rocky Linux 9!

2 thoughts on “KDE on Rocky Linux 9”

    1. You’re welcome!
      You should be able to run: sudo dnf remove gnome-desktop3
      Definitely test first, but I ran on a test VM and all was good afterwards.

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