Canonical pulls the plug on Kubuntu

Sid Boyce sboyce at
Tue Feb 7 16:44:38 UTC 2012

On 07/02/12 15:10, kubuntu-users-request at wrote:
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> Date: Tue, 07 Feb 2012 23:16:22 +1100
> From: Basil Chupin<blchupin at>
> To: Kubuntu user technical support<kubuntu-users at>
> Subject: Canonical pulls the plug on Kubuntu
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> Jonathan Riddell wrote:
> Today I bring the disappointing news that Canonical will no longer be
> funding my work on Kubuntu after 12.04. Canonical wants to treat
> Kubuntu in the same way as the other community flavors such as
> Edubuntu, Lubuntu, and Xubuntu, and support the projects with
> infrastructure. This is a big challenge to Kubuntu of course and KDE
> as well.
Not atypical of late.

They have put all faith in Unity and seem hell-bent on sticking to it 
despite the absolutely poor reception it is getting.

The hope may be that in time people will get used to Unity but I can see 
it as a reason to change distros.
Also think of a new user, it'll be a real turn off.

See all the postings where 100% it's about changing from Unity.

I am running Unity on a laptop using a USB stick, it is a recipe for RSI.

I downloaded Kubuntu 12.04 a few hours ago to install to a 1G HD for the 
same laptop. This news means it doesn't get installed and a switch to 
another distro, e.g openSUSE which I have on 3 boxes.

Kubuntu/Ubuntu on 3 boxes doesn't hold any longevity for me.

Time to move to another distro that doesn't show such contempt for its 
users with an attitude that says they will damn well use what we give them.

Canonical have lost their way and behaving like the proprietary software 

Sid Boyce ... Hamradio License G3VBV, Licensed Private Pilot,
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