KDE with Kubuntu vs KDE under Ubuntu LTS. (Derek Broughton)

Martin Laberge mlsoft at videotron.ca
Mon Dec 1 22:25:19 UTC 2008

On Monday 01 December 2008 13:21:33 Christophe Guilbert wrote:
> Hi Derek ,
> Now you have me confuse ! ;-)
> Correct me if I am wrong but my understanding is that
> KDE under Ubuntu 8.04 LTS : everything (including gnome desktop)  but 
> KDE would be LTS (3year support)
> with Kubuntu (any version) being none LTS, everything including KDE will 
> be supported for 18month.
> I am using KDE, but I need to stick to version 8.04 for various reasons 
> (vmware  , cluster tools , kde 3.5 , ....).
> So I have the choice between Ubuntu 8.04 (using KDE) and Kubuntu 8.04. I 
> love LTS, I've been staying 4 years with the great Kubuntu 6.06 but now 
> its time to move on to the next LTS because they are too many things to 
> update.
> It looks to me that I'll be better off installing KDE under Ubuntu 8.04 
> than installing Kubuntu 8.04.
> Is there's any flow to that thought ?
> Thanks
> Chris
> > Hi guys,
> > > 
> > > Since Kubuntu skip the next LTS release.  I  installed KDE under
> > > Ubuntu 8.04 LTS.
> > > 
> > > What would be the downside of this ?
> >   
> None - but you've got exactly what you would have had if you'd installed 
> Gnome over Kubuntu.  The non-desktop parts were always LTS, and the KDE 
> part isn't.
> -- derek
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I tested the 2 ways.

Installing kde on a ubuntu, will not perform ideally, 
because all the fine tuning of the base system is done
for default ubuntu/gnome applications.

When Installing a Kubuntu-8.04, then you have
all the fine tuning of the base system done for kde.

that is for example the KDM session setitngs, default 
applications for file / dir / music / web / mail / ...

With ubuntu as a base, you will have to change, disable,
enable, modify , many little things to make the system
react with your kde apps, instead of the gtk/gnome one
who suddently appear in the middle of your tasks.

All that depend of which system you prefer as the main one, kde or gnome.
the other system (installed second) will allways be a little
on the side of the perfect functionnality. many very little things.

When mixing system, make sure the second system will not install
or replace some basic functionnality of the main one.
for example, do not install gnome on top of kde,
but install only the gnome apps you want, and they
will install the minimal gnome dependency for them,
but not the basic management system of gnome who
would interfere with the kde ones. (ex: device changing, ...)

(Unless wou want to experience the 2 full desktops, from the login page)

Hope this help!

Martin Laberge
mlsoft at videotron.ca
30 Years of Unix Admin, and still learning...

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