Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Oct 2011 21:33 UTC, submitted by mahmudinashar
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ah, it's that time of the year again. We already had this up on the sidebar, but I figured we'd turn it into a proper front page item - mostly because I want to discuss the move by the Ubuntu team to no longer install GNOME 2 as the 'classic' desktop option - which pretty much ends any and all involvement for me with Ubuntu (KDE 4 here I come). There's more to this than just that, of course, so those of you who do like Unity still have enough reason to upgrade.
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RE: KDE4 distro
by lemur2 on Thu 13th Oct 2011 22:28 UTC in reply to "KDE4 distro"
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"and with both GNOME 3 and Unity not being to my liking, I've decided to make the jump to KDE 4 (any distribution suggestions? Debian-based please!)
I recommend giving Kubuntu a shot. You're already familiar with Ubuntu's peculiarities, and the 11.04 release was quite good. Much better than their previous efforts. There were some nepomuk crashes but they don't affect functionality. They may be gone in 11.10 anyway. "

Since some machines are reported to have trouble with KDE, a couple of notes, if I may.

- Firstly, those reporting trouble are nearly always using the binary blob graphics drivers. Don't use them, use the open source drivers, exspecially for AMD/ATI cards.

- Kubuntu 11.10 includes a non-default package called "kubuntu-low-fat-settings". Install this if you are trying to run Kubuntu on older hardware.

- The latest KDE SC is 4.7.2, which included some worthwhile performance improvements for kwin.

- On very low-end hardware it may be possible to get a further significant boost in performance by running KDE with OpenGL ES 2.0

Distribution suggestions:

- The most popular two KDE4 distributions are OpenSuSe and Kubuntu. Only the latter is Debian based, and a new version (11.10) has obviously just been released which provides KDE SC 4.7.2.

- For a very stable but staid KDE4 distribution based on Debian, MEPIS fits the bill.

- PCLinuxOS is a nice rolling-release KDE4 distribution, but there is a longish testing period before new versions are released. This distribution was originally a fork of Mandrake, so it uses RPM packages, but it has a quirk in that it also uses apt and synaptic as the package manager. Go figure.

- Another Debian-based stable but conservative distribution is Kanotix, the "inventors" of the LiveCD concept.

- A more cutting-edge distribution based on Debian Sid is aptosid. Debian Hot & Spicy! Life on the wild side.

- Chakra is an interesting newer distribution based on Arch which is slowly climbing up the popularity stakes. Be warned that package management uses pacman, which does not support package signing.

- Mandriva is still around, and still a very solid but largely ignored distribution. It is not Debian-based.

- Almost the same comments apply to the venerable Slackware

Lots of choice. Right now I'd have a good look at Kubuntu 11.10 myself. The previous version, 11.04, I found to be quite solid and reliable.

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