Kubuntu code projects

Mark Greenwood fatgerman at gmail.com
Wed Feb 8 12:46:53 UTC 2012

On 8 Feb 2012, at 12:32, Alvin wrote:

> On Wed, 08 Feb 2012 13:09:33 +0100, Ramon Antonio Parada <rap at ramonantonio.net> wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> somebody asked me what is the difference between using Kubuntu and
>>> Debian and I answered that there is a very different goal. Kubuntu is
>>> centered in the user experience while Debian main goal isn't that. For
>>> that reason Kubuntu has some extras that Debian hasn't. So where can I
>>> find a list of Kubuntu related code projects? I think it's very
>>> interesting to know better about them, just for use them, do feedback,
>>> maybe someday contribute, etc.
>> I have tried to find them at launchpad by doing searches at Launchad
>> and visited Kubuntu pages but couln'd find any organized list.
> I have never seen such a list either, but on top of my head:
> - Kubuntu is ubuntu-default with KDE on top. KDE packages are based on the pacakges from Debian, but they are more recent. You can get KDE 4.8 from a ppa. I don't think 4.8 packages for Debian exist yet.
> - Ubuntu is based on Debian. (Sometimes on /testing/, sometimes on /unstable/ - correct me if I'm wrong there!). Ubuntu makes some changes. For example the init system is different and less reliable than Debian's.
> - Ubuntu has Ubuntu-only software like Unity and UbuntuOne. (Unity can probably be run on other distro's, but I don't think anyone is interested in that.) There was never an Ubuntu One client made for Kubuntu.
> - Kubuntu devs try to work closely with uptream, so their work can eventually end up in Debian.
> - Those extra software in Kubuntu is Muon (package manager) and printer configuration for KDE.

I think there's more than that - the Restricted Drivers manager comes to mind immediately. Installing nvidia drivers in Debian is a bit of a pain; it's necessary to manually edit config files and search for packages from the command line just in order to get a fully working system. Not nice.

Debian also have a big emphasis on "free" software so that things like firmware for network cards is not installed by default and you have to figure out for yourself which packages to install to get your wireless to work, for instance.

Debian's main emphasis, as I see it, is on stability. Releases are not frequent and the underlying system (i.e. not KDE) has always been rock-solid in my experience. You pay for that though in that packages in the releases (unless you use the 'unstable' release) are generally 6 months or more behind those in Kubuntu.

Kubuntu's main emphasis seems to be on user experience - it looks nicer and has more friendly install and configuration tools (Debian's installer is a horror show, albeit very reliable once you've figured out how to drive it), but can be less stable than Debian.

Finally, there are definitely more packages in the repos for Ubuntu than there are for Debian - to the point where the stuff I need to get my touchpad to work has to be built from source if I use Debian, but is installed by default on Kubuntu. It's things like that that make me stick with Kubuntu.

The only way to find out what you prefer is to try it.


> In terms of stability, you need to do some testing yourself. It all depends on what is important to you.
> In my personal experience:
> - Ubuntu is less reliable than Debian (stable).
> - KDE in Kubuntu is more stable than KDE on Debian because of the newer packages. I'm especially looking at KDEPIM, which is only now becoming slightly usable. For me, KDEPIM is a centerpiece.
> Also, KDE is not the default DE on Debian. It's the default on Kubuntu, but not on Ubuntu. That on itself doesn't tell you much. The Ubuntu default (Unity) gets more criticism than KDE and even the first KDE4 versions crashed less than the first Unity version. People tell me that Unity has gotten better, but so has KDE. Those choices are all very personal. For me, I like the fact that KDM supports XDMCP while Ubuntu's login managers do not.
> So, difficult choice, isn't it?
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