Linked by tessmonsta on Mon 18th Jan 2010 18:12 UTC
KDE I've been investigating switching my desktop distribution from Kubuntu to something more... Seriously maintained. I love debian, and consider it one of the best distros out there, but Ubuntu's KDE variant is downright pathetic.
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A Good KDE distro anywhere?
by darkcoder on Tue 19th Jan 2010 22:15 UTC
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The 4.0 release wasn't even feature complete

It wasnt. Was more a developer release
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UneGtZlehTU

Distros have been slow on the uptake for KDE 4.0

Slow???? some like Fedora went straight to 4.0, even when KDE developers recommend distributions not to switch for the moment.

I've tried RPM based distros several times since 2000, but the situation hasn't improved
My experience have been very nice, and OpenSUSE 1 Click Install is incredible. But may I said that Debian/Ubuntu debs have same issues as rpm distros. Start removing packages and you will hit a dependency sooner or later.

For best distro, IMHO it depends more on what it provides out of the box, and the post install user experience. The user experience means how easy to use, maintain, integrade non-repo software on it, etc.

The mayor (and many minor) distros provide package manager these days. And they perform the basic updating task fairly well. So if the user types apt-get update or yum update, or pacman -Syu, or emerge --sync && emerge -u is not that important.
But how many packages their repository provides, how up to date they are, for how long you can keep updating your machine without reinstalling... Those things are important to me.

But returning to the article... Best KDE distros????
It has been discussed a couple of times on the net, but right now the 2 strongest KDE distros are OpenSUSE, and Pardus. Fedora is not that bad. While they keep the packages updated (4.3.4 on repos right now), you will have to deal with some gtk apps like Gnome Network Manager, on the KDE install.



They all will pull updates, and install them
and how easy to remedy they are. All distributions provide the packages, some on the install media like Mint, some do not like Fedora. But those media packages can be installed over the net. Again, is the more than the package manager itself. Most package managers do the basic stuff these days (install, and remove software). For example, opensuse may be a rpm distro, may not include out of the box mp3, dvd playback, but it is very easy to add that using OneClick install. It's even easier than Ubuntu/Kubuntu method.

So at the end what usually people want on a distro: stability, media support (which is not included in US distros), and keep fairly up to date

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