Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Aug 2009 10:43 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE SUSE Linux used to be a very KDE-centric distribution. Then Novell came around, bought SUSE and Ximian, and slowely but surely they turned the now-openSUSE distribution into effectively a GNOME-centric distribution with KDE as its sidekick. The openSUSE community, however, doesn't appear to be particularly happy with KDE being a sidekick.
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lemur2
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2007-02-17

Overall, though, it feels a bit like the market moved away from what was a strong section of userbase for partially political reasons (e.g. in this case Novell wanting to leverage their Ximian investment, not the existing investment in SuSE/KDE they had purchased) :-(


With Novell you can almost understand ... by buying Ximian they ended up with a fair amount of sway with regard to GNOME, but almost none over KDE.

I have no idea why Canonical opted with GNOME however. KDE is where the "wow" is undoubtedly at.

Not to worry, there will be some good KDE options re-emerging soon ... Mandriva (now) and PCLinuxOS (one day they will go to KDE4, but they haven't as yet) for RPM-based distros, Fedora has a good KDE option, and MEPIS (one day they will go to KDE4, but they haven't as yet) for a solid Debian-based distro.

Linux Mint 7 ‘Gloria’ KDE has just been released (based on Ubuntu 9.04 and KDE 4.2.4).

http://www.linuxmint.com/blog/?p=986
http://www.linuxmint.com/rel_gloria_kde_whatsnew.php

I am about to trial that one when the torrent finishes downloading.

For cutting edge (rolling release) "roll-your-own" KDE4 distros, try Sabayon or ArchLinux KDEmod.

http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=05566
http://forum.sabayonlinux.org/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=17483

http://chakra-project.org/

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vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

I have no idea why Canonical opted with GNOME however. KDE is where the "wow" is undoubtedly at.


It's pretty clear why they opted for Gnome - this decision was made long before Qt license change, like it was for all the other distros.

Focusing on kde 4 would be a gamble well worth making at this point in time. It's not going to happen with Suse/Novell, though.

Not to worry, there will be some good KDE options re-emerging soon ... Mandriva (now) and PCLinuxOS (one day they will go to KDE4, but they haven't as yet) for RPM-based distros, Fedora has a good KDE option, and MEPIS (one day they will go to KDE4, but they haven't as yet) for a solid Debian-based distro.


Sadly, all these hobbyist distros (apart from Fedora) are pretty irrelevant in the big picture. Ubuntu has the mindshare, community, ...; so the popularity of KDE 4 will live or die with Kubuntu. And it's not like working together to improve Kubuntu is forbidden by Ubuntu code of conduct.

Here's to hoping that Kubuntu will rock on 10.04 LTS.

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