[clug] Kubuntu 8.10 first impressions

Andrew Janke a.janke at gmail.com
Tue Nov 11 09:13:03 GMT 2008

On Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 5:17 PM, Randall Crook <rcrook at vtown.com.au> wrote:
> If KDE3 is going to be dropped from Kubuntu, likelihood is I will drop
> Kubuntu, Move on to Xubuntu or even go back to debian. At least until KDE4
> becomes a usable and configurable Desktop. So far its not promising.

Before I "Ubunterised" (circa 2002/3) I was a raving looney Debian +
Xfce4'ite.  (and before that windowmaker, and then 4dwm and before
that mwm and.....  but I digress). The point is (I think) is that my
first impressions of Ubuntu were obviously Xubuntu and yes it was a
nice step forwards/sideways from the Debian days. However it wasn't
until I actually tried Ubuntu (ie: gnome) that I realised all the good
stuff I was missing about Ubuntu (drives that just popped up nicely,
desktop integration, etc).

At the time I despised metacity as I couldn't map Alt-Button three to
window resize (I eventually rewired my brain on that one), small thing
I know but it does come down the the configurable thing. And then
compiz (well beryl) came along and I finally was a happy chap as I
could go back to configuring to a ridiculous degree... :)

So for the Kubuntu'ites before you get too down on Ubuntu 8.10 have a
short whirl of Ubuntu and see some of the work that has gone into it.
It is a pity that all three interfaces {KU,XU,U}buntu are not as well
supported as each other but I can understand their reasons for
sticking with one. I also realise that only one interface is not the
way that FOSS should go but for now I am happy to run (and help) the
biggest pack safe in the knowledge that at least the stuff I do in
launchpad is integrated back into upstream and thus Debian.

Andrew Janke
(a.janke at gmail.com || http://a.janke.googlepages.com/)
Canberra->Australia    +61 (402) 700 883

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