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Kubuntu is awesome!

February 27th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Why do many people use Gnome as their window manager for Linux?  It seems Ubuntu.com markets the distribution which contains Gnome pre-installed. For example, the live CD contains Gnome and for this reason many new users seem to think this is their limitation as far desktop interface goes.

However if there are users who are transitioning from Window to Linux for the first time, then KDE is probably a more suitable candidate for it’s familiar style to Windows and ease of moving around.

Gnome feels more of a Unix desktop for average Linux users but with KDE, new users would immediately find themselves very comfortable with it.

Just click on the big “K” icon and you’ll see the familiar look and feel that Windows has.   So my advice for what it’s worth is to give KDE a try.  Download the Kubuntu distribution instead and give it a shot instead of the default distribution.  If you already have Ubuntu installed and want to give KDE a try, simply type:

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

You can decide to use kdm (KDE) or gdm (Gnome) as your default but you can keep it as gdm for now and if you like KDE more, you can always make it a default later.  The login process usually asks if you want to make KDE your default or not.

If you find yourself not liking KDE, then simply remove by typing:

sudo aptitude remove kubuntu-desktop

Enjoy KDE, I am.

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  1. KenP
    February 27th, 2010 at 08:28 | #1

    Agree with you completely. Had Canonical gone with KDE as the default Ubuntu desktop, my bet is Linux would have gone much further on the desktop by now … well, IMHO, its still not too late to switch to KDE4!

  2. February 27th, 2010 at 11:54 | #2

    if you like KDE, as many do, may i suggest a KDE-specific distro such as Mepis or Sidux? Many KDE lovers feel that Kubuntu doesn’t come close to what KDE can be, which is very unfortunate.

  3. February 27th, 2010 at 23:32 | #3

    @lefty.crupps

    I would have to give them a try…thanks.

  4. February 27th, 2010 at 23:34 | #4

    @KenP

    You know, when I first started using Gnome…I was like OK it’s not bad, I can get around to finding and doing things that I need to do. BUT when I switched later on to KDE, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t tried it yet. First off, the look, feel and variety of KDE specific apps were numerous and it just felt good using it. It felt more natural for arguments sake.

    I really think KDE community need to do more to market itself to be the default window manager for most popular distributions.

  5. specnaz
    February 28th, 2010 at 16:30 | #5

    First of all KDE is a HOG – can’t hide it . 90 % of plasma widgets are crap! there is a poor chice of native qt 4 apps.There is a 100 mb of ram usage at sturtup between mint 8 – Gnome- and kubuntu 9.10, which devours about 250 mb . I recon that kubuntu developers are lazy – with 9.10 thay even didn’t bother to change wallpaper, 9.04 broken wifi supportfor intel cards (was it intel??) – halfbaked anyway.
    Most of the time thay spand whimpering that Canonical treats them as second class citizens. 😀
    Nonetheless KDE is awsame/sublime and 4.4 is truely a killer 😀 -amazing.

  6. May 19th, 2010 at 17:23 | #6

    First of all KDE is a HOG – can’t hide it . 90 % of plasma widgets are crap! there is a poor chice of native qt 4 apps.There is a 100 mb of ram usage at sturtup between mint 8 – Gnome- and kubuntu 9.10, which devours about 250 mb . I recon that kubuntu developers are lazy – with 9.10 thay even didn’t bother to change wallpaper, 9.04 broken wifi supportfor intel cards (was it intel??) – halfbaked anyway.
    Most of the time thay spand whimpering that Canonical treats them as second class citizens. 😀
    Nonetheless KDE is awsame/sublime and 4.4 is truely a killer 😀 -amazing.

  7. humanaut
    June 14th, 2010 at 00:20 | #7

    KDE 64bit vs Gnome 64bit the Ram usage was nominal maybe an extra 20 megabytes for Kde but programs (notable firefox although I prefer Konqueror) load alot faster then GTK+ apps The stability of KDE 4.4.4 and the dismal outlook of what Gnome 3 is going to be ( Seriously a JS based DE with oracle in control of JS that could be the dismiss of Gnome rather quickly if oracle decides to rip away any free use )

  8. August 14th, 2010 at 01:10 | #8

    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    kubuntu-desktop: Depends: language-selector-qt but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: openoffice.org-kde but it is not going to be installed
    E: Broken packages

  9. LauraH
    November 15th, 2010 at 02:58 | #9

    I’m having a similiar problem as venura9, i’d like to try KDE, but having trouble installing it. Please help? Here’s what I get:

    laura@laura-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install –install-recommends kubuntu-desktop
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    kubuntu-desktop : Depends: language-selector-qt but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: software-properties-kde but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: apport-kde but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: apturl-kde but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: gdebi-kde but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: jockey-kde but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: kpackagekit but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: plasma-widget-facebook but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: printer-applet but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: quassel but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: system-config-printer-kde but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: usb-creator-kde but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: userconfig but it is not going to be installed
    E: Broken packages

  1. February 27th, 2010 at 12:39 | #1