Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 01:48 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
KDE "KDE is delighted to announce its latest set of releases, providing major updates to KDE Plasma Workspaces, KDE Applications, and the KDE Platform. Version 4.9 provides many new features, along with improved stability and performance."
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What is the best KDE distro nowadays?
by dsmogor on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 06:25 UTC
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I'm now trying out Open Suse, but hugely disappointed how unpolished it is.
Where are the KDE strengths best exposed?

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lemur2 Member since:

I'm now trying out Open Suse, but hugely disappointed how unpolished it is.
Where are the KDE strengths best exposed?

A company called Blue Systems has begun to sponsor KDE distribution based on Ubuntu (and hence Debian) repositories, which provide a very comprehensive range of packages. The latest set of these "sibling" distros are based on Kubuntu 12.04 LTS.

Blue System's own distribution is called Netrunner.

Blue Systems also sponsor Linux Mint KDE.

These three distributions all work pretty well, they are based on the same codebase and they use essentially the same repositories, with minor variations. They do each provide different features, themes and look and feel.

Netrunner, for example, doesn't use the kickoff menu by default:
Netrunner also has fairly seamless visual integration of GTK applications:

Mint has different artwork:

"KDE is a vibrant, innovative, advanced, modern looking and full-featured desktop environment."

Maybe so, but the Linux Mint project is first and foremost a GNOME project (even though GNOME is starting to fracture nowadays), and it doesn't do KDE all that well. For myself, I run Kubuntu 12.04 LTS, but Netrunner is very interesting IMO, and I may switch to it.
Netrunner is a GNU/Linux Distribution sponsored by

Netrunner is built on Kubuntu with default integration of Gnome and Wine. Our focus is on new users as well as “power-users”, making KDE an ideal choice.

It allows Netrunner to feel comfortable for a new user, while still offering powerful customization options (with inclusion of additional add-ons) to any user wanting to explore the possibilities of FLOSS.

We go by the principles

- Power-up, not dumb-down
- Include add-ons, codecs, customizations
- Avoid lock-ins, favor free(libre) alternatives if possible

Sounds a pretty good deal for individual users.

Edited 2012-08-02 07:13 UTC

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foobaz Member since:

I recommend Fedora and Mageia as excellent KDE distros. They are both stable and have well-stocked package respositories.

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Gone fishing Member since:

PCBSD also runs KDE.

Just for interest what wrong with Opensuse I always quite liked it although I haven't played with it for a few releases.

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dsmogor Member since:

Me neither, I used to be on Ubuntu.

1. default desktop is a mess, half prepared
2. crashes (first one on bootup).
3. yast doesn't work in some scenarios
4. default font settings make them look unbearable (that I can understand) what is esp. visible on default font (that I cannot).

Generally feels very poorly integrated and amateurish. Looks, the Novel shambles troubles hit them hard.

Besides I had trouble grasping systemd but that's not their fault.
I've read somewhere I's the latest release is esp. disappointing.

Some upsides: boots up quite quickly and has lots of easily comprehensible support information over the web. The package tools based on RPM also worked quite well (to my astonishment). One click web installation is pretty cool .

Edited 2012-08-02 12:08 UTC

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Risthel Member since:

Fedora's KDE build is very responsive.

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dsmogor Member since:

Thanks a lot guys!

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