posted by tessmonsta on Fri 15th Jan 2010 03:34
Conversations Since it's obviously not Kubuntu, what should it be? I've been puzzling this over for months, and short of going back to Gentoo, I'm at a loss as to what distro to try. Anyone have suggestions?
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Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Fri 15th Jan 2010 09:44 UTC
Laurence
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2007-03-26

Does it specifically have to be debian? Because ArchLinux runs KDE4 very well.

There's even a community pre-built ISO - if you just want an instant desktop

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RE: Comment by Laurence
by lemur2 on Fri 15th Jan 2010 11:26 in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Does it specifically have to be debian? Because ArchLinux runs KDE4 very well.

There's even a community pre-built ISO - if you just want an instant desktop


Kubuntu 9.10 has only a 2D FOSS driver for my ATI card. I tried Alpha 2 of Kubuntu Lucid (what will be 10.04) and it is (so far) dreadful.

MEPIS 8.5 didn't detect my ATI hardware, but when I told it what graphics I had it made a semi-reasonable fist of working with the FOSS driver in 3D, but it isn't really useable.

I had a very similar story with sidux.

I think the Debian Xorg is just too far behind the current xorg releases to work properly with the new FOSS ATI drivers. A pity.

Arch is the only distro that I have found so far that works properly with KDE4 and FOSS 3D drivers for my ATI card. Arch is a very manual install process and I would only recommend it for people with a decent familiarity with Linux (and a pre-printed copy of the installation instructions from the Arch wiki ready to hand).

If you want a GUI installer for Arch KDE4, you could try Chakra:
http://chakra-project.org/
http://chakra-project.org/download-iso.html

This gives you a KDEmod version of Arch, not plain KDE. My own ISP is Internode in Australia, and they provide an un-metered mirror which includes Arch reporitories, but not KDEmod. For this reason, I do not use Chakra myself.

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by tessmonsta on Sat 16th Jan 2010 15:54 in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
tessmonsta Member since:
2009-07-16

Thanks everyone. I'll give Arch and Chakra a spin.

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by Accident on Mon 8th Feb 2010 04:45 in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
Accident Member since:
2005-07-29

Which ATI card do you have?

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Sidux
by irbis on Thu 21st Jan 2010 00:14 UTC
irbis
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2005-07-08

If you dare to live on the bleeding edge and like the concept of rolling releases, there's also Sidux, based on Debian's unstable branch and fully compatible with Debian. Sidux uses KDE (or Xfce as an alternative) by default. Sidux has some nice extras, and tools that can at least warn you of some bugs and problems you might having upgrading your OS. http://sidux.org/

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