Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Sep 2007 13:43 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Just like Eugenia yesterday, I also upgraded my laptop's Ubuntu Feisty installation to Gutsy a few days ago. The upgrade process went completely awry, though, so I was forced to do a fresh install. Not a bad thing, as it gave me the opportunity to take a look at Ubuntu's soon-to-be-released Gutsy Gibbon with GNOME 2.20
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Good review with some caveats
by porcel on Sun 23rd Sep 2007 21:28 UTC
porcel
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2006-01-28

I love the effort that is being put into Gnome and Ubuntu, but it is unusual to hear this outbursts of praise for features that were or have been in KDE for years.

*Editable toolbars: Check
*Checking for missing attachments before sending email: Check.
*A dialog to configure and change your monitors resolution: check.
*A way to disable tapping on trackpads: check
*Changing of MSN alias/name serverside in Kopete: check
*Simple Snapshot and painting applications: kolourpaint Ksnapshot,(You can use Krita if you need a more powerful painting application).

The fact that many reviewers,not just Tom or ELQ, mention these things as novelties shows both the lack of depth in may of these reviews, the fact that Ubuntu has become defacto Linux for many people who have not had a chance or bothered to try a different desktop environment and/or the fact that many people have somewhat irrationally made a choice to stay with one desktop and never bothered to check back again whether that choice is justified.

But even if you stay in one desktop environment, why make it sound like these applications simply don't exist. I use GRAMPS (a genealogy application), GIMP, Inkscape and many other "Gnome" apps all the time and they enrich the linux desktop and are just fine.

This "allergy" that people seem to feel about running applications from both KDE and Gnome is a bit irrational, to the point that many applications are being rewritten k3b, Amarok, simply so that they can use the same toolkit. What a colossal waste of time and what a shame to see the free software community suffering from NIH (not invented here) syndrome.

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