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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by porcel on Wed 8th Feb 2012 17:29 UTC
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I find this really curious.

We have tried to implement standard Ubuntu in an enterprise environment a number of times and our users hated it.

The same users reacted vary favorably to Kubuntu and have been using it non-stop for over 24 months.

I honestly think that Canonical is losing its collective marbles, so to speak. Just like ximian and suse before them, they seem to have an internal culture that dictates technology choices based on what those entrenched developers want to champion, instead of what´s best for the user.

I am sorry but Unity in its current state is nowhere near the polish of KDE. I never thought that Canonical would go back on its word, especially after many public appearances showing support for the distribuion by Mark Shuttleworth himself.

Now the question that really needs to be answered is: if Jonathan won´t be doing oficial KDE support, who will support Kubuntu 12.04 for the next three years?

Can we take the chance of Kubuntu 12.04 or is that completely irrational for a company? I was eagerly awaiting the release of 12.04 as it would give me 3 years of support, which I take it to mean, three years of stable operation.

What do we do now? Is there any serious kde-focus distribution offering an LTS release with 3 years of support on the desktop?

Edited 2012-02-08 17:30 UTC

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