Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Jan 2006 13:04 UTC, submitted by Dave Guard
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Ubuntu has become increasing popular amongst many Linux users, especially users trying Linux for the first time. Just why is Ubuntu so popular? I'll explore some of its features and distributions this month, including Kubuntu and Edubuntu, and try to find out."
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Good marketing, clean and small
by Dr-ROX on Tue 24th Jan 2006 13:32 UTC
Dr-ROX
Member since:
2006-01-03

I noticed, that Ubuntu actually uses some kind of secret advertisement. They making rumors, screaming news, etc and this attracts attention. People starts talking, discussing and the word spreads. Just like in this article, that looks bit advertising. It's not a brilliant distro, but has good marketing.
Other branch - Kubuntu is actually bad and I think do not deserves lots of talk. The main thing I remember from Kubuntu was KDE crashes and lot's of other bugs. They working on Gnome and optimizing all distro for it. KDE is installed "as is".

But in the other hand Those distros are small, clean and uses very comfortable apt system for packages. Especially clean. Somes distros are overpacked with lots of stuff and installs them by default. It's actually often possible to select only needen packages, but this requires time. Imagine fine tuning SuSE and unchecking thousands of them. Also good hardware support and community.

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

I use kubuntu everyday, and it compares in quality to Ubuntu proper. that was not the case with hoary, but with breezy, KDE is as functional and stable as Gnome in Ubuntu, at least in my experience.

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Ascay Member since:
2005-07-11


Other branch - Kubuntu is actually bad and I think do not deserves lots of talk. The main thing I remember from Kubuntu was KDE crashes and lot's of other bugs.


I can't confirm that. It's very stable on my system, no crashes and no noticeable bugs.


They working on Gnome and optimizing all distro for it. KDE is installed "as is".


That's not true. Kubuntu uses a much better control center (called system-settings), a more user friendly Konqueror default toolbar, Adept as package manager, Katapult...

It's better than standard KDE and definitly not installed "as is".

What was the last Kubuntu version you were using? 5.04?

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Wrawrat Member since:
2005-06-30

Personally, I have used Kubuntu 5.10 for a while. While I do believe those who claim it's stable as a rock, it's definitely not what I have experienced. In my case, the system itself was fine (no kernel panics or freezes) but I got crashed with various KDE applications (Kaffeine, Konqueror, Adept, Krita and some KDE games). That said, most of them were segmentation faults, so it might just be some compilation flags (since I don't remember having these issues with other distributions, save for the games).

system-settings isn't that bad, but its localisation was not complete. Basically, I got frenglish. Adept got to be the worst package manager I have used. I'd rather have to deal with aptitude. There are some customisations here and there (lipstick theme, a space between minimise/maximise and close), but I would agree that it's pretty much "as is". But now that Mark is using Kubuntu, perhaps improvements will speed up!

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