While the world celebrating the new release of Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04, Kubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04 has announced its double vision release too. Kubuntu Hardy Heron provides you two choice of KDE, either you want a very stable KDE 3.5.9 or bleeding edge KDE 4.
I have to say Kubuntu team has made a wise decision for this double vision release. For certain users, they using their kubuntu as it’s development platform, office workstation etc, what they really need is a very stable KDE environment. On the other hand, KDE fans may want a brand new KDE 4, so they can toy with it, experience the bleeding edge technology on desktop. I appreciate the double vision release as it takes user needs into consideration, by willing to take up the challenge of supporting two variants of Kubuntu. I hope that the Fedora Sulphur also provides the same flexibility on the choice of KDE during upgrades and also installation.
Well, the spot light are always focus on Ubuntu but not much on Kubuntu. Why? I believes Mark Shuttleworth doing a very good job on marketing Ubuntu, but does he wants to do that for Kubuntu? Or it simply because Kubuntu is not the main stream?
Stumble upon the The Car Lounge Forum, I find some very interesting speak up from the crowd regarding Kubuntu:
They’ve always treated Kubuntu as a second class citizen and it shows. Kubuntu has a serious lack of feature parity with Ubuntu; this has little to nothing to do with the actual DE. It’s the lack of paid developers on the Kubuntu side that causes this.
Bottom line is, if you want a user friendly linux distro and you want to run KDE, you don’t use Kubuntu, you use SUSE or PCLinuxOS.
What’s so much better about SUSE? I tried their KDE4 image and felt it was worse than Kubuntu KDE4 because (apart from creating the ugliest theme I’ve seen) they replace all this system control apps with their own apps which IMO are inferior to the default KDE apps.
Someone Further Added:
Kubuntu also had more KDE4 apps in the repos, I was able to find the KDE4 versions of Digikam, Karbon and Krita (IIRC). I never checked for Krita, but SUSE didn’t have packages for Karbon and Digikam (well they had packages but they were the KDE3 versions).
Can’t deny that Debian maintains wider range of packages.
If Kubuntu works for you, that’s great! However, I think I’m expressing a majority opinion on Kubuntu’s quality (especially when compared to Ubuntu!). A lot of SUSE devs are also KDE devs and Novell is one of KDE’s major supporters (see KDE.org)–that alone should tell you something. If you’re curious about how other distros do KDE, I suggest trying SUSE, PCLinuxOS, Sidux, Mint, Sabayon, and maybe Fedora’s KDE. IMO, KDE in these distros is more stable and polished than Kubuntu (7.10).
Well, really can’t make the judge which KDE based linux distro is the best unless we tried all of them. Even we do that, it also brings personal requirements into the judgment. But question is do I need to do that for making a decision to choose a KDE based linux distro? My answer is No! Seriously I don’t care which one is the best, I just like Kubuntu!
P.S. I was wondering, is Kubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04 a LTS ( Long Term Support) ?