Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Sep 2007 13:43 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Just like Eugenia yesterday, I also upgraded my laptop's Ubuntu Feisty installation to Gutsy a few days ago. The upgrade process went completely awry, though, so I was forced to do a fresh install. Not a bad thing, as it gave me the opportunity to take a look at Ubuntu's soon-to-be-released Gutsy Gibbon with GNOME 2.20
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Functionality in KDE is pretty much irrelevant for a review of a Gnome-oriented distribution.

None of the mentioned functionality is particularly important, and some are true disasters like checking for the missing attachment (damn, that's one to disable instantly). Gnome has always had a dialog to change monitor resolution, so nothing new here, really.
And it does have several simple snapshot- and painting applications (though painting applications are not a part of Gnome itself).

Personally I hope we'll get rid of some of the NIH-syndrome when KDE4 is released and QT4 becomes _the_ KDE-toolkit. Integration between QT4 and GTK2 is much better than between QT3 and GTK2. That'll make it much easier to combine tools across the tool-kits.

There are several valid reasons to avoid having applications from more than one tool-kit.
*For each tool-kit you need you increase resource usage.
*Different tool-kits have different behavior leading to inconsistent - and often confusing - UI.
*Different looks for applications - again leading to inconsistency and perhaps also some confusion.

There is a very good reason for having applications from more than one tool-kit. It may be split into several sub-reasons if one cares about that.
*Bigger pool of applications to choose from, resulting in a much more mature and efficient Desktop.

Personally I don't think much of k3b and Amarok, but I do have Konqueror installed (and therefore some parts of KDE as well).

But let's see. QT4 is here, KDE4 is just around. They work better with Gnome and GTK2 than KDE3+QT3 do. There's still hope to beat NIH.

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