As read on Kubuntu’s website,
“Kubuntu is a user friendly operating system based on KDE, the K Desktop Environment. With a predictable 6 month release cycle and part of the Ubuntu project, Kubuntu is the GNU/Linux distribution for everyone.”
For some weeks now, Christina has been telling me to replace the Windoze 2000 she use at work with Linux. I decided to download the x86 ISO of Ubuntu as I didn’t want to install Gentoo on Christina’s computer as that took too much time. As I was using Jigdo, the Jigsaw Download[er], I had no trouble incrementally downloading the AMD64 ISO image of Kubuntu which I quickly installed on my home computer just to have a look.
To summarise, I’m impressed even though there are 1-2 small niggles I don’t like:
- Very quick to install compared to Gentoo.
- Only one ISO image (1 CD) to download – the rest, if needed, is downloaded from the Internet.
- Kubuntu feature KDE which is very nice looking and more functional than Gnome IMHO
- Kubuntu is based on Debian and, therefore, features a fantastic package management tool called apt-get.
- I don’t like the fact that there are multiple official package repositories (main, restricted, universe and multiverse) and countless unofficial ones. Sure, any software, however obscure, surely exists in one of those repositories. But which one??? This is impossible to tell without a lot of Googling.
- In Gentoo, everything is compiled from source and, therefore, all libraries, development tools and headers files are always installed. In contrast, the installation program for Kubuntu does not install those essential components (they can be manually installed afterwards using apt-get though). As a lecturer and programmer, I find this very painful to do. For me, Gentoo Linux is out-of-the-box (if I can use that term) a fantastic programming (and experimentation) environment and this is clearly not the case with Kubuntu.
Nevertheless, Kubuntu and Ubuntu have a lot of potential. Worth a nice 8/10 I would say…