Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 20:43 UTC, submitted by kragil
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Canonical has unveiled a complete branding overhaul, redesigning everything from the Ubuntu website to its logos and marketing material. However, what interests me more are the new Gtk+ themes, and even then, I'm not interested in the colour choices and the like. No - what stood out to me right away was not the theme itself - but the placement of the titlebar widgets.
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RE[2]: KUbuntu?
by KenP on Thu 4th Mar 2010 00:32 UTC in reply to "RE: KUbuntu?"
KenP
Member since:
2009-07-28

This is sad, really. We have had over 10 iterations of Ubuntu and the dawn of Linux on the general desktop is nowhere in sight.

Consider for a moment if Ubuntu had started off with KDE as the default desktop! For the single reason that its default layout kind-of looks like Windows, along with Canonical's excellent customisation, we would have had many more converts over to Linux than now where we are blatantly copying Apple, right from the icons in the panel to, now, window buttons on the left!!

With each version, Kubuntu is more or less left to fend on its own. The funny part is that of all the derivatives and alternatives of Ubunutu, the word "kubuntu" happens to be an actual word! Others are all mashes of the word ubuntu.

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RE[3]: KUbuntu?
by KAMiKAZOW on Thu 4th Mar 2010 00:45 in reply to "RE[2]: KUbuntu?"
KAMiKAZOW Member since:
2005-07-06

Consider for a moment if Ubuntu had started off with KDE as the default desktop! For the single reason that its default layout kind-of looks like Windows

Oh common, that's (pardon my straight-forward language) the stupidest reason I've ever heard. KDE 1-3 were heavily inspired by Windows (along with many many inspirations from CDE which is often forgotten), but since 4 the biggest layout similarity with Windows is that by default the task bar is at the bottom of the screen.

If Canonical wanted, they could've easily created a "Windows-like" taskbar in GNOME. There isn't even coding required -- that's part of GNOME's default customization possibilities! SUSE for example does this (along with a new start menu, SLAB, that is coded by SUSE, but can also be installed on any other distro).

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RE[3]: KUbuntu?
by SEJeff on Mon 8th Mar 2010 03:16 in reply to "RE[2]: KUbuntu?"
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2005-11-05

Looks don't convert users, apps do. Where is TurboTax for a serious AutoCAD equivalent for Linux? How about a professional video editor like After Effects? The most promising open source video editor is PiTiVi, and even that is quite a ways off.

Linux slowly moves into niches and then dominates them. It certainly has not slowed down so the future holds bright prospects.

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