Kubuntu Beta / Test Releases?

Derek Slovin dslovin at gmail.com
Tue Feb 1 13:09:53 CST 2005

I do not believe kubuntu/kde ubuntu/etc is actually a distribution
yet. To my understanding, its a long way from being a real
distribution. I believe first we need to work on getting kde packages
to work on ubuntu in general. If you look at
http://www.ubuntulinux.org/wiki/Kubuntu, you will see there are still
a lot of items left on the todo list.

One of the advantages to ubuntu is the preselected packages that are
installed with the original install. They are EXACTLY the packages
most people want (gaim, firefox, OOo, etc). The next step after making
kde work ontop of ubuntu (with the ubuntu enhancements) would be to
decide which packages we want in (ie do we want firefox or is
konqueror alright, OOo or Koffice, etc). Once these decision have
made, I think we will then be ready for an official distribution.

As I have not really discussed this with any of the official
developers, this is all mostly my opinion.


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> Hello,
> I'd like to start some discussion on this list about if and how some kind of
> (beta) testing of "Kubuntu" / "Ubuntu/KDE" / ... might happen.
> Actually I'd merely like to ask what your plans are. Will there be an
> installer cd of Kubuntu before release, or should all testing (if any on the
> side of users is desired) happen with an Ubuntu + KDE installation?
> That's what I'm currently using. An Ubuntu (I think Hoary Array 2)
> installation stripped of most GNOME packages with KDE stuff added.
> But of course it's me who decided which packages of KDE and which KDE-specific
> software were added (like amarok, kaffeine, akregator and so on) were added.
> Thus it's not really Kubuntu - it's "my Ubuntu with KDE".
> There are some minor issues, like;
> - the directory icons in K-Menu not showing (for directories like
> "Accessories", "Games" and so on)
> - aKregator kontact Plugin starts extremely slow, and aKregator handles a lot
> worse than in e.g. SuSE
> And some others along those lines.
> The most interesting thing about a Kubuntu test installation for me would be
> to see what can alreday be achieved (via GUI) out of the box. For example to
> set up ISDN or IR-connections I'd install several additional packages and do
> some trial and error right now. I don't use those technologies (only
> examples) myself but i guess they are expected to "just work" by some users,
> so I'd be here to test these if none of you devs gets around to this kind of
> work.
> I'd really like to test a vanilla kubuntu installation and look for such minor
> quirks or give some feedback on what packages might be "missing" from my pov.
> Kind regards,
> Christoph
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