Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Feb 2012 09:58 UTC, submitted by gogothebee
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu This shouldn't come as a huge surprise. Jonathan Riddell, lead developer of the Kubuntu project and the only person paid by Canonical to work on the KDE variant of the popular distribution, has announced that after the 12.04 release, Canonical will no longer be funding him, effectively putting Kubuntu on the same level as other Ubuntu variants like Xubuntu.
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- Rename Kubuntu to something else

The name was created by the original Ubuntu team before I or anyone from outside the company was involved. Coming up with a name which emphasises KDE and Ubuntu but is original and not stupid sounding is very hard.

- Ship a DVD full of applications, including out of the box integration with GTK 2 and 3.

Shipping a 700MB image is a nice limit to prevent it being too much of a burden for many to download.

- Ship all media codecs and stuff out of the box.

This will end up with Canonical staff in jail and they won't want that.

- Select the highest rated set of applications instead of K* traditional ones (eg. VLC, LibreOffice, Thunderbird, Firefox).

That defeats the purpose I had for Kubuntu.

- after that, prepare for going after Linux Mint.

Linux Mint is a derivative of Kubuntu so that won't help you

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