Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Apr 2012 08:37 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Kubuntu will have a new sponsor in Blue Systems from the 12.10 cycle starting in May. Kubuntu is a community led project to create a KDE flavour as part of Ubuntu. Our sponsor since it started has been Canonical who are now moving to focus on their Unity flavour. We would like to thank Canonical for this kind support and wish the best success for the Unity flavour (also called Ubuntu). Blue Systems sponsors a number of KDE projects and will encourage Kubuntu to follow the same successful formula as it has always had - community led, KDE focused, Ubuntu flavour." This makes me happy.
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Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Wed 11th Apr 2012 09:25 UTC
Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26

Sadly KDE (and Qt as a whole) seems to be a second class citizen on most distros, which is a real shame as (in my opinion at least - please lets not turn this into a KDE vs GNOME flamewar!) KDE is every bit as good as the other DEs.

Let's just hope Kubuntu will be less crappy than it was when Canonical managed it.

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RE: Comment by Laurence
by ssokolow on Wed 11th Apr 2012 12:00 UTC in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

While I agree that KDE 3.5 was equal to, if not superior to GNOME 2.x, KDE 4.x still has issues with release QA and, last I checked, they seemed to think that "the same thing happened with earlier releases of KDE 2 and KDE 3" justifies the problem.

It used to be that, no matter what desktop I was trying, Konqueror 3.5 was my file manager and tabbed KPart harness. These days, I either use Trinity (that KDE 3.5 fork) or LXDE.

Darn shame too. KDE 4 has a ton of potential if they could just muster the focus to fix bugs and optimize for performance before they chase after each shiny new idea.

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Blue system
by Trebus on Wed 11th Apr 2012 10:46 UTC
Trebus
Member since:
2012-04-11

Does anyone know what Blue system really is? Their web page is quite simple.
http://blue-systems.com/

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RE: Blue system
by mrnolucas on Wed 11th Apr 2012 11:01 UTC in reply to "Blue system"
mrnolucas Member since:
2012-04-11

http://whois.domaintools.com/blue-systems.com
Clemens
Toennies
http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=07092
So lead deweloper of Netrunner OS is sponsoring Kubuntu and couple of other "KDE projects"
http://www.netrunner-os.com/kubuntu-partnership/

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RE[2]: Blue system
by Nth_Man on Wed 11th Apr 2012 16:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Blue system"
Nth_Man Member since:
2010-05-16

The "whois" record also talks about "IT Works GmbH".
http://www.itwu.de
http://www.itwu.de/kontakt.html

Edited 2012-04-11 16:51 UTC

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Nth_Man
Member since:
2010-05-16

Jonathan Riddell, the main Kubuntu developer, that was a Canonical employee, will now be leaving the company after the Ubuntu Developer Summit in May and will be joining Blue Systems.
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTA4NTM

Kubuntu rollouts include the world's largest Linux desktop, in Brazil.
http://lwn.net/Articles/455972/
http://www.kubuntu.org/news/kubuntu-to-be-sponsored-by-blue-systems

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Nth_Man Member since:
2010-05-16

About Canonical, will support Kubuntu 12.04 for 5 Years
http://www.kubuntu.org/news/12.04-lts-announce

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