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[6]: @Thom
by flynn on Fri 14th Oct 2011 21:36 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: @Thom"
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If you prefer "close to the metal" distributions, then Arch Linux (with open source graphics drivers) is quite nice with KDE4.

I have used KDE on Arch since 4.2 and finally gave up about a week ago.

I have fairly powerful hardware (a 3 gigahertz core 2 duo, 4 gigs ram, 9800 gtx video card), yet I had persistent random freezes in every version. The entire desktop would just freeze for 5-10 seconds during which I could do nothing. It would then eventually unfreeze and all the queued mouse events from my frustrated clicking around would fire simultaneously.

Dolphin would randomly fail mounting drives that a simple mount command was able to do successfully without a hitch.

I'm not sure what nepomuk is or what it's supposed to do, but all it did do was make my computer curl up in pain until I finally disabled it.

Recently, when I upgraded to the newest version on the next boot I literally did not recognize my desktop anymore. It decided that it will go into 'activities view' or something to that effect on boot up. I never used activities. Didn't even know they existed, but now they were being shoved down my throat.

I finally got fed up and wiped all traces of KDE from my system. I'm running a tiling window manager now and I'm much happier.

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