Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Oct 2010 22:22 UTC, submitted by vivainio
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu This is kind of... Well, good news, I suppose? It depends on where you allegiances lie, but it seems like Ubuntu is warming up to the idea of using Qt to develop applications. It's no secret that Qt is a far more advanced development framework than Gtk+, so it only makes sense for Ubuntu - a GNOME/Gtk+ distribution - is looking at it.
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RE[3]: Comment by cmost
by lemur2 on Thu 21st Oct 2010 00:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by cmost"
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Kubuntu really doesn't offer much apart from a stock KDE implementation or anything unique from Canonical to separate it from the myriad of other better KDE offerings from Sabayon, Linux Mint, or Mepis. Canonical and the Ubuntu devs treat Kubuntu like an afterthought. It's little more than an Ubuntu base install with the (vanilla) KDE packages and a few different default applications. And they call it a distribution. Really?

If Kubuntu has nothing to distinguish it from KDE offerings from Sabayon, Linux Mint, or Mepis (or OpenSuse, PCLinuxOS, Mandriva, Slackware or Knoppix for that matter where KDE is also the default), then how are any of the other offerings "better"?

Kubuntu 10.04 is an LTS distribution. It uses debian .deb packages and hence apt/aptitude package manager backends. It can add any of the Launchpad PPA projects to expand the number of applications that can be installed. It can install any Ubuntu package (most of them don't assume GNOME but only gtk+ support BTW). This gives Kubuntu the largest selection of installable packages (that can be installed from repositories) of any KDE distribution.

This alone IMHO makes it worthwhile.

Frankly I'm struggling to see any Canonical customisations that could be applied to Kubuntu that would be worth it.

PS: I have thought of a few worthwhile Canonical customisations. These are: upstart (quick boot process); jockey (install proprietary graphics card drivers); Ubiquity (distro installer); GRUB 2 and automatic detection and configuration of printer drivers when the printer is first plugged in.

Kubuntu has all of those.

Edited 2010-10-21 00:42 UTC

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