Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Nov 2010 22:57 UTC, submitted by lemur2
KDE "KDE releases 4.6 beta1 of Workspaces, Applications and Development Frameworks, bringing significant improvements to desktop search, a revamped activity system and a significant performance boost to window management and desktop effects. Efforts all across the KDE codebase pay off by making KDE's frameworks more suitable for usage on all devices. The release provides a testing base for a stable release in January 2011."
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RE: Which distro?
by Savior on Sun 28th Nov 2010 13:53 UTC in reply to "Which distro?"
Savior
Member since:
2006-09-02

Could someone explain me what the differences between the various KDE distros are? I am using Kubuntu, and while it is true that I see some serious issues, most of these stem from the KDE packages themselves. In this case I fail to see how using another distribution would help. (While I can imagine how the user could benefit from rolling releases, Kubuntu usually provides the latest KDE version at least in the backports or in a PPA.)

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RE[2]: Which distro?
by lemur2 on Sun 28th Nov 2010 22:20 in reply to "RE: Which distro?"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Could someone explain me what the differences between the various KDE distros are?


They all use the same core KDE codebase, so they differ only in: (1) the version of the KDE codebase, and (2) they underlying OS support for that codebae (kernel, drivers, libraries, etc).

The KDE codebase is updated every six months, whereupon it goes up by one point release. That is to say, the next six-monthly release of KDE, which is due in January 2011, will be version 4.6. The current version is 4.5.4. The transition of a new point release will introduce new features (so version 4.6 in Jan 2011 will have new features that are not in version 4.5.4). The minor sub-point releases happen every month or so, and they are bug fix releases, so that the current version 4.5.4 has no new features over version 4.5, but it does have a significant number of bug fixes since version 4.5.

OK, Kubuntu 10.10 has verion 4.5.0 (I believe), or it might have version 4.5.1. Whichever, that version won't change, Kubuntu 10.10 will always have KDE 4.5.0 or 4.5.1 (whichever it actually has). Kubuntu 11.04 will probably have version 4.6.0.

Anyway, getting "stuck" as it does every six months with a KDE 4.x.0 or 4.x.1 release, Kubuntu's release timing is not optimal with respect to KDE's release timing. Kubuntu would be a lot better off to have a 4.x.4 or 4.x.5 version of KDE, since these versions are bug-fixed yet they have the same functionality.

Arch Linux, OTOH, uses a "rolling release". As soon as a new version of KDE is released, Arch will implement it. This means that right now, Arch has 4.5.4, and so it is more stable than Kubuntu with 4.5.0. In January 2011, Arch will have KDE version 4.6.0, which presumably will have more features but become less stable.

PCLinux OS is also a rolling release, but it is a "less rolling" release than Arch. In other words, PCLinux OS are quite likely to upgrade to 4.5.4 and 4.5.5 in order to get stability improvements and bug-fixes, but they will probably refrain form updating to 4.6.0 in January 2011. They are more likely to wait until 4.6.3 or something before upgrading to the new 4.6.x features.

I am using Kubuntu, and while it is true that I see some serious issues, most of these stem from the KDE packages themselves.


Only some issues stem from KDE itself, and these are due to the low sub-point release (i.e. new feature version, e.g. 4.5.0 or 4.5.1). If Kubuntu used 4.5.4 or 4.5.5 instead, there would be far less issues. A good number of issues are not due to KDE, but rather due to the underlying OS itself ... Kubuntu 10.10 suffers not only from a new-feature release of KDE, but also from issues with the open source graphics stack for example.

I hope this helps to explain the differences between KDE distributions a little bit.

Edited 2010-11-28 22:35 UTC

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RE[3]: Which distro?
by d.marcu on Tue 30th Nov 2010 09:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Which distro?"
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2009-12-27

not really, you have kubuntu backports. I'm running kubuntu 10.04 and installed kde 4.5.3. Just add ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports and you can upgrade your kde version

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