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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by lemur2 on Thu 13th Oct 2011 23:54 UTC in reply to "Comment Title"
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I've run Kubuntu for a few years now, since the emergence of KDE4. There has been some troubling moments on the way for sure. 11.04 has been the best so far. I actually use it for work on my Core i7 ASUS. When I read "sluggish" from posters here I do break out a smirk. Not a word I would use for any OS on modern day hardware IMO. If you want to run 11.04/11.10 on a 5 year old PC, then sure you will notice a difference between GNOME/KDE/XFCE/etc.

I am running Kubuntu 11.10 on my netbook with only a 1Ghz AMD C-50 APU. It isn't old, but it certainly isn't powerful either.

Using the open source AMD/ATI graphics drivers and the kubuntu-low-fat-settings package makes Kubuntu 11.10 run perfectly well even on this low-resource machine. It runs better (more responsive, etc) than the Windows 7 OS that came with the machine.

At home I also have an Athlon_64x2 2Ghz machine with a low-end Radeon HD 4350 graphics card, also running Kubuntu with the open source Radeon graphics drivers. This machine also runs KDE4 very well indeed, and I might point out that the system itself is six years old now, although I did update the graphics card early in 2009.

If anyone doubts the open source graphics drivers, apparently they are good enough for Windows ...

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