is it Kubuntu or is it KDE?
fluca1978 at infinito.it
Sun Aug 29 21:28:57 BST 2010
I don't want to start a flame here, just to discuss and share opinions on my
favorite (until now) desktop and distribution. At the moment I'm running
kubuntu 10.04 with kde 4.5.
I've been running KDE since version 1 and never left it to switch to another
desktop, even when the "not-so-usable" 4.0 issued. I personally believe KDE is
the best desktop ever made, with ideas 100 steps behind other desktops. Plasma
is amazing in concept, QT are wonderful to use and develop, the desktop is
fully integrated, KMail and Kontact are the best mail & pim program I've ever
However, in the last kubuntu releases I'm having too much problems, and I
don't understand if it is the distro or the desktop. My audio is not working
at all, the network applet is unable to connect me to a not WPA2-PSK access
point, my broadband modem is recognized, but does not work, and in general the
desktop is too much slow when switching between applications. Moreover,
konqueror is freezing sometimes and making the whole desktop locked for almost
a minute. Finally, amarok fails to tag my mp3s without errors. All the above
has been reported to this mailing list.
Now, just to give it a try, I installed the gnome desktop and...everything
worked fine: the modem, the audio, the network applet and most notably all the
desktop effects were running smooth.
This led me to think that the problem is not in the desktop itself, but maybe
in the distro, that is not giving to the desktop the same care as the gnome
counterpart. I personally don't like gnome very much, because I believe KDE is
too much better. I don't like the file manager, the menu without the search
(that is an upcoming of gnome 3) and in general the look and feel. However, my
desktop as it is now is almost unusable for me, so I'm considering switching
to something that "just works".
I remember kde 3.5 (the old major release) having all the above problems just
working, and I guess kde 4.5 should be enough mature to let the users
experience the desktop, not suffering the desktop.
I can see a lot of messages of people having troubles with kde (as well as
with other desktops), and since I don't believe that KDE developers are not
seeing the above problems, I guess there is something wrong with the
distribution, but I have not tried another KDE based one.
So far, I'm considering a concrete desktop switch, and the application I will
miss the more is KMail (in my opinion even Evolution cannot compete).
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