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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Overall, though, it feels a bit like the market moved away from what was a strong section of userbase for partially political reasons (e.g. in this case Novell wanting to leverage their Ximian investment, not the existing investment in SuSE/KDE they had purchased) :-(

With Novell you can almost understand ... by buying Ximian they ended up with a fair amount of sway with regard to GNOME, but almost none over KDE.

I have no idea why Canonical opted with GNOME however. KDE is where the "wow" is undoubtedly at.

Not to worry, there will be some good KDE options re-emerging soon ... Mandriva (now) and PCLinuxOS (one day they will go to KDE4, but they haven't as yet) for RPM-based distros, Fedora has a good KDE option, and MEPIS (one day they will go to KDE4, but they haven't as yet) for a solid Debian-based distro.

Linux Mint 7 ‘Gloria’ KDE has just been released (based on Ubuntu 9.04 and KDE 4.2.4).

I am about to trial that one when the torrent finishes downloading.

For cutting edge (rolling release) "roll-your-own" KDE4 distros, try Sabayon or ArchLinux KDEmod.

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