I downloaded Ubuntu-Server 12.04.3 LTS and cut a CD. Installed it, logged in as user,
sudo -i as root.
The basic installation has no desktop environment or so it appears. I did some reading and for good or bad, opted to go with KDE. I also read on options between installing Kubuntu vs. installing Ubuntu and then KDE. I do not have an internet connection now to the machine because I am not able to have the dongle installed and I think that it expects some DTE or X-Window to be present to get it up. That's another problem but the fact relevant to this question is that I don't have net connectivity for now. I do have other machines with Internet connection. So, I can get any software downloaded, copied and installed to this machine or have some Samba shares to get the downloaded files across.
I read somewhere that KDE can be about 1 GB and I find that rather unbelievable for a Desktop Environment. My question though is what do I need to do now to get KDE installed?
apt-get install, but I think that expects net connection. I wonder if some DTE is on the CD that I can install? The CD is mounted and I can browse through it using basic shell commands.