Kubuntu future and the name itself

Ryan Gauger rtgkid at gmail.com
Thu Apr 12 14:11:44 UTC 2012

On 04/12/2012 01:51 AM, O. Sinclair wrote:
> On 11/04/12 19:50, Ryan Gauger wrote:
>> On 04/11/2012 12:43 PM, O. Sinclair wrote:
>>> On 11/04/12 19:34, Jim MacLeod wrote:
>>>> On Wednesday 11 Apr 2012 11:53:41 O. Sinclair wrote:
>>>>> It seems exciting times are coming to Kubuntu as from release 12.10
>>>>> there will be a new corporate sponsor, namely Blue Systems. This 
>>>>> was on
>>>>> Planet KDE, written by Jonathan Riddell:
>>>>> http://blogs.kde.org/node/4565
>>>>> In an earlier posting Jonathan mentioned the thought of changing
>>>>> name of
>>>>> the distro since it will not be as tied up to Ubuntu as before.
>>>>> I kind of support that - where as Ubuntu is a word in a language and
>>>>> has
>>>>> a meaning, Kubuntu (and Xubuntu, Lubuntu et al) does not in 
>>>>> themselves
>>>>> mean anything. Think Linux Mint rather, still ubuntu based but with a
>>>>> name that actually sort of means something.
>>>>> I am not sure if Jonathan was serious or just going wild that day 
>>>>> but I
>>>>> think it is not a bad idea. What does the list think?
>>>> Blue Linux .. Bluebuntu .. Blue-KDE ?
>>> I was in on the lines of Star OS, Star Linux, Stellar OS, Stellar
>>> Linux - something like that. Nice, strong and shiny so to speak. If
>>> Kubuntu is a registered name then I am pretty sure so is KDE ;-)
>> I strongly disagree with changing names. Just because it has changed
>> hands does not mean it has to change names too. The public knows it as
>> Kubuntu, let's keep it that way. It is still based off Ubuntu using the
>> beautiful KDE desktop environment. The public may think that Kubuntu is
>> no longer around and that "Blue Linux, Bluebuntu, whatever you will call
>> it" is a completely new distro, when in reality, is really Kubuntu in
>> disguise with a new name and a new sponsor. I like having a sponsor such
>> as Blue Systems, but a new name is not needed, actually, Kubuntu is
>> needed, because that is what it is and was called ever since it was
>> created. It is an official Ubuntu distro, let's keep the name the same.
>> Thanks!
> Note that I certainly do not have any influence apart from being a 
> user, I just read Jonathan's blog and found the idea interesting. I 
> happen to agree with Kubuntu not being a particularly "good name" but 
> very obviously a lot of the members of the list do not.
> Other distros have managed namechanges over the years for various 
> reasons so I see no particular reason why not and couple it with 
> marketing efforts and then who knows?
> regards,
> Sinclair
The way I see it is if the name is changed, the public will see it as no 
longer an official Ubuntu derivative, which it still is. You've got 
Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, and Kubuntu. They all make up the *buntu 
family. If Kubuntu is no longer part of the *buntu family, then the 
public may see it as no longer an official Ubuntu derivative, and lo 
longer part of the *buntu family. Thanks!


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