Q: Why does Kubuntu exist?

pan shizhu pan.shizhu at gmail.com
Wed Dec 9 03:02:13 GMT 2009

On Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 12:38 PM, Andrea Canidio <acanidio at gmail.com> wrote:
> I think Xubuntu could be a useful reference point here. If you go on the
> Ubuntu website, under "derivatives", "Xubuntu", you read something that
> roughly says "Xubuntu is made for less-powerful computers. Therefore it uses
> XFCE". In other words, a clear goal, and a clear tool.

It is a clear goal, but it is not a good goal. I've installed xubuntu
on 5 of my old computers, non of them runs xubuntu any faster than
kubuntu or ubuntu. If "less-powerful computers" is the goal, I'd say
xubuntu isn't a successful project.

But that is not the truth, xfce has its own design philosophy and the
xfce panel is much more customizable and much more useful than gnome
counterparts. Xubuntu is a very useful desktop only if we don't expect
it to be faster than ubuntu/kubuntu.

Having a false expectation is not good. So the "clear goal" is not a
"good goal".

> If you then click on "Kubuntu", it roughly say "Kubuntu is Ubuntu + KDE" few
> times with different words. It follows a somehow random list of softwares and
> features. Let me be clear, I don't mean to blame the person who wrote the
> page. The problem is the goal of the project, or, as Harald said, why it
> exists, is not clear.

Why don't you think that is clear? it *is* very clear and it *is* what
we want, we want KDE and we want the ubuntu software repository, so
the kubuntu is the best for us.

> Also, KDE is a tool, not a goal. Answering "Kubuntu's goal is to bring KDE to
> Ubuntu" makes is sound like it is a religion!

Then it is, gnome is a religion for Mark and debian founders, and kde
is the religion for us, who cares?

> Finally, IMO Kubuntu gives the user the power to customize every bit of the
> desktop, and at the same times provides a smooth installation experience and
> the best hardware recognition around. In short, all the power, and no hassle.
> To achieve this, it uses Ubuntu and KDE.

It might be a good advertisement, but KK9.10 doesn't provide a smooth
installation experience for me.

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