Kubuntu vs. Ubuntu

D. Michael McIntyre michael.mcintyre at rosegardenmusic.com
Sat Sep 15 21:09:27 BST 2007

On Saturday 15 September 2007, msmarti58 wrote:
> I just wondered what the difference is.

Ubuntu decided to standardize on GNOME as their desktop environment.  Kubuntu 
was started to provide KDE packages that install onto an Ubuntu system, and 
thus make Ubuntu usable for those of us who love KDE.

The default desktop environment is the *only* difference between the two 
distros.  You can install KDE on a stock Ubuntu system, or you can install 
GNOME on a stock Kubuntu system (or you can even install the Kubuntu packages 
on top of an Ubuntu Studio system.) Everything else is the same. They share 
the same base of packages.  If you installed the same version of each one 
(eg. Ubuntu Feisty vs. Kubuntu Feisty) then you should have had the same 
results with both.  Any difference you experienced is most likely due to 
something you did differently yourself, without being aware of it.
D. Michael McIntyre 

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