Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Aug 2009 10:43 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE SUSE Linux used to be a very KDE-centric distribution. Then Novell came around, bought SUSE and Ximian, and slowely but surely they turned the now-openSUSE distribution into effectively a GNOME-centric distribution with KDE as its sidekick. The openSUSE community, however, doesn't appear to be particularly happy with KDE being a sidekick.
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by lemur2 on Tue 4th Aug 2009 12:12 UTC
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Personally, I think the openSUSE community should take all this a few steps further: ditch GNOME altogether. Forget about it. Stop wasting resources by trying to cover both desktop environments, and go 100% strictly KDE4, and build the best possible KDE experience in the distribution realm today. Kubuntu is nothing more than a glorified excuse for Canonical to be able to say "Look, we do KDE too!", and Fedora is focussed on GNOME too. There is a lot of room for a SUSE/Fedora class distribution strictly dealing with KDE.

I'd agree with some of this to some degree, but have you looked at Kubuntu Karmic Koala (which will become Kubuntu 9.10 at release)?

The Alpha 3 pre-release version is out now, and I am trialling it as I type this, and it seems to me to be pretty good. It is remarkably stable for an alpha pre-release version. The desktop is KDE 4.3 RC 3, but in a few days time no doubt this will be updated to the final release version of KDE 4.3.

There is also an interesting new variant specifically for netbooks that will be available for the first time with Kubuntu 9.10

NOTE to Kubuntu: It would be better if this variant was released as an .img file so that it can be directly copied (using the dd command) to a spare USB Flash memory stick which would then be bootable directly on the netbook machine.

Kubuntu Karmic pre-release is better right now than the Mandriva 2010 Aplha 2 pre-release, and yet Mandriva is a distribution that does primarily lean towards KDE.

PS: For people with newer ATI graphics cards in their systems, it is beginning to look like there just might be an open source 3D driver available by the time of the next round of distribution releases.

That will be of great help to people wanting to run KDE 4, which can take good advantage of such a driver to accelerate rendering of the desktop.

Edited 2009-08-04 12:18 UTC

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