First look at Kubuntu 10.04

Basil Chupin blchupin at
Wed Aug 4 03:51:16 BST 2010

On 04/08/2010 11:46, Doug wrote:
> Hello, and probably goodbye.
> I d/l'd Ku 10.04 and set up the live edition.  Now I know what the guys
> on the SUSE list are bitching about with KDE 4.4.x. (I think yours is
> 4.4.2.)  What a horrific mess!

Which is why I gave KDE away a while back. Can't see anything sensible 
in it anymore.


> So I d/l'd Ubuntu 10.04. Ran that live.  Still no music, but it says it
> needs mp3 drivers for sound, and mpeg drivers for video, and of course
> running off a CD, it can't d/l them and install them anywhere, so I'll
> give it a pass for now.

Running live will not get these - remember also that you are running off 
a CD and therefore no room for anything but the most essential apps to 
give you an idea of what Ubuntu is all about.

Install it and it then becomes a different story....

>   Printing works fine, altho slowly--I guess
> that's due to the live configuration.  Email is set up and works.
> I'm not happy about the system tray being on the top, or the x and _
> being on the left instead of the right, but I could live with that.

There are 2 panels - one at the top and one at the bottom, but if you 
want them both at the top or the bottom then one can do this.  However, 
I find leaving them as they are is just fine - simply something to get 
used to  just like one gets used to another OS when one switches over 
from one to the other.

Re the "minimise, maximise, exit" buttons being on the left - very 
easily fixed. When you are ready and have installed Ubuntu let me know 
and I'll tell you how to do it.

You may want to have a read here re playing CD, DVDs....

and then take a step backwards (in the heading, back to Community 
Documentation) to find documentation on all sorts of subjects.

Need help - simply ask for it.

BTW, you may want to subscribe to the Ubuntu mail list which is where 
all the "action" is. You'll get an almost instant response to any query. 
This list (Kubuntu) is less used.


PS You may want to look at these:

of what I currently have as my desktop - and the second one is with the 
2 panels showing (but which are set to autohide an therefore not visible 
in the first pic).

If nothing happens, nothing can go wrong.

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