Ubuntu or Kubuntu

Willy Hamra w.hamra1987 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 18 14:16:47 UTC 2009

2009/6/18 O. Sinclair <o.sinclair at gmail.com>
> Nils Kassube wrote:
> > Joel Oliver wrote:
> >> Nils Kassube wrote:
> >>>  That's no reason to install Gnome in the first place if you don't
> >>> really want to use it. If you want GDM, just install it after you
> >>> installed Kubuntu. That saves a lot of downloading unnecessary
> >>> Gnome stuff. OTOH, I don't understand why someone prefers that
> >>> noisy GDM over quiet KDM with its much saner default settings :)
> >> I thought the idea was to have both?
> >
> > OK, I think I missed that part.
> >
> >> And another thing that comes to
> >> mind is that you will have the synaptic package manager right off the
> >> bat instead of the god awful adept.
> >>
> >> Sorry... I had to say it :)
> >
> > That's a good point. Synaptic is the first package I install on any
> > Kubuntu system :)
> >
> Beg to differ - cant stand Synaptic and really like Adept when it works
> proper. As it does not on my system since some time...
> Both have some good and bad points though, a combination of stuff like:
> changing country server for all repos (Adept) w one click, notifying
> user when update of a repo did not work (Synaptic), import keys from
> packet manager (Adept) and so on and so forth..

nothing beats aptitude (or for the matter apt-get as well), and am not
talking about aptitude's ncurses interface, which quite honestly i
still can't figure out what all the gibberish in it means :P
i highly rely on the mixture of aptitude and apt-cache to do ALL my
package work, from updating, to installing new packages, to searching
around for a program i need. oh, and dpkg is also usefull in many
cases, specially when searching for a specific file, nothing beats
"dpkg -S". apt-file could be useful, only if it uses the cache of apt
and aptitude instead of asking to download all the index files again.
adept in KDE3 was good, i used it many times, sluggish when
dependencies get complicated, giving it a bulk order, like selecting
40 packages and marking them for something, kills the CPU as it tries
to workout dependencies and all.
adept in KDE4 is quite useless, it can't even search properly.
synaptic is excelent. for any GUI package operation, it's my choice,
and if i remember correctly, firefox depends on it, thus it gets
installed for almost everyone.
kpackagekit, hmmm... what can i say, saying it belongs to the trash is
just offending for the poor trash ;) and it can't handle packages that
asks for user input while being installed, blah.

Willy K. Hamra
Manager of Hamra Information Systems
Co. Manager of Zeina Computers and Billy Net.

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