I'm trying to understand the different desktop environments and how they work together on one machine.
If I install a new desktop environment, this shouldn't change the underlying linux base core, but should only install new GUI software that I the user interact with. This is how you can have multiple desktop environments on one system. Is this correct?
For instance, if I install Kubuntu (comes with KDE) and then install xfce, this should in principle be identical to installing Xubuntu (comes with xfce) then installing KDE, correct?
I guess the difference would be that Kubuntu and Xubuntu have different base packages and different "tweaks" so will look and act slightly differently, but you could in principle make the two systems identical, right?