Canonical pulls the plug on Kubuntu

Sid Boyce sboyce at
Thu Feb 9 17:07:09 UTC 2012

On 09/02/12 09:59, Valter Mura wrote:
> In data martedì 7 febbraio 2012 16:44:38, Sid Boyce ha scritto:
>> 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.
> I agree with you Sid. If Kubuntu should go worse and worse, I'll change
> distro, even if I'm an active contributor of Kubuntu (localization).
> I'll continue to contribute to KDE, obviuosly.
> I've chosen KDE as my preferred DE, and I don't like Gnome very much.
> Note also that, while KDE team develops many important apps, like Kontact,
> Kmail, Koffice, integrated in Kubuntu, Gnome doesn't. Now default e-mail and
> browser for Ubuntu/Gnome are Thunderbird and Firefox, which are a Mozilla
> project. I think this is an easier way to work.
> The (my real) dream is that all Distro teams "unify" their efforts to create a
> big, strong, stable, to create an unique, KDE distro able to compete with
> major companies' software (I mean Windows and Apple). Of course, there could
> be some task-oriented variants (e.g., for graphics, music, edu, and so on),
> but the core should be only one with one year cycle and a great community
> involved to develop and test it.
> Let's see :)
We shall see. I hope Kubuntu lives even as an offshoot.
Gnome's take is that customers/users get confused by customisation, 
based on some gut feeling it seems.

KDE allows most things to be customised but I don't see users getting 
confused and running away.

One complaint, if you can call it that, from the City of Largo in 
Florida was that with a new release their workers spent a lot of time 
customising their desktops, but they didn't seem to consider the initial 
productivity loss particularly significant.

The belief that drives Unity is that most people use mobile phones and 
that their desktop should eventually look exactly the same, except 
desktops do not suffer from the same lack of display real-estate as 
mobile phones and right now Unity is a pale show of a mobile phone with 
a mouse attached.

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