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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Time for another distro around...
by Jason Bourne on Tue 7th Feb 2012 18:46 UTC
Jason Bourne
Member since:
2007-06-02

Suggestion:

- Rename Kubuntu to something else (and please, a good listenable and pleasant name, enough of this ooga-ooga buntu crap).

- Ship a DVD full of applications, including out of the box integration with GTK 2 and 3.

- Ship all media codecs and stuff out of the box.

- Select the highest rated set of applications instead of K* traditional ones (eg. VLC, LibreOffice, Thunderbird, Firefox).

after that, prepare for going after Linux Mint.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Suggestion:

- Rename Kubuntu to something else (and please, a good listenable and pleasant name, enough of this ooga-ooga buntu crap).

- Ship a DVD full of applications, including out of the box integration with GTK 2 and 3.

- Ship all media codecs and stuff out of the box.

- Select the highest rated set of applications instead of K* traditional ones (eg. VLC, LibreOffice, Thunderbird, Firefox).

after that, prepare for going after Linux Mint.


You mean, like this?

http://www.netrunner-os.com/features/

Netrunner is not an "ooga-ooga buntu" name, it uses apt, muon and Canonical/Mint repositories, with 36,000 packages in them. Also consider that it can use apps from PPAs at Launchpad.

This fact means IMO that it is a better option than OpenSuse or PCLinuxOS, although having said that, either of those are reasonable options also. It is just a matter of the selected default packages, and the available packages in the repositories, and the means of installing them, and it seems to me that Netrunner 4.1 might have the edge.

Especially so if I am able to install KDE 4.8, which it appears may soon be possible.

Edited 2012-02-07 23:01 UTC

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jriddell Member since:
2006-04-09

Suggestion:

- Rename Kubuntu to something else

The name was created by the original Ubuntu team before I or anyone from outside the company was involved. Coming up with a name which emphasises KDE and Ubuntu but is original and not stupid sounding is very hard.

- Ship a DVD full of applications, including out of the box integration with GTK 2 and 3.

Shipping a 700MB image is a nice limit to prevent it being too much of a burden for many to download.

- Ship all media codecs and stuff out of the box.

This will end up with Canonical staff in jail and they won't want that.

- Select the highest rated set of applications instead of K* traditional ones (eg. VLC, LibreOffice, Thunderbird, Firefox).

That defeats the purpose I had for Kubuntu.

- after that, prepare for going after Linux Mint.

Linux Mint is a derivative of Kubuntu so that won't help you

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shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Probably except for the LMDE

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Jason Bourne Member since:
2007-06-02

I'm sorry... you're basically saying my points are not valid. Well, time to celebrate the financial cut then. I do think Ubuntu is a weird name, let alone its derivatives.

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