[ubuntu-studio-users] ubuntustudio and KDE

Dave at Dalek Zone dave at dalek.zone
Fri Jun 26 22:24:23 UTC 2020

Excuse me for butting in... But if there was a guide that would be 
needed for Ubuntu Studio, it would be some kind of guide about how to 
set up some of the programs, how to connect the hardware, how to get 
started using the software, etc... I have have a gaming laptop with 
Kubuntu and the Ubuntu Studio environment, a beautiful guitar, and a 
Boss eBand JS10 that I never managed to use as a sound device (either 
input or output). So I have to keep Windows 10 as dual-boot OS so that I 
can use it...

If people knew how to USE Ubuntu Studio, maybe a lot more WOULD...

[If anyone's interested in developing documentation, I'd be happy to 
help out...)

All best wishes,

On 2020-06-27 00:49, Erich Eickmeyer wrote:
> Hi Ross,
> On Fri, Jun 26, 2020 at 1:27 PM Ross Gammon <rosco at ubuntustudio.org> 
> wrote:
>> Hi Erich,
>> I apologise for top posting, but I wanted to ask a quick related
>> question. Maybe I missed it, but one thing I haven't seen mentioned is
>> the upgrade path.
>> It is clear to me that if you stay with 20.04 for the supported 3 
>> years,
>> you will keep whatever desktop you have (e.g. XFCE which is default 
>> for
>> Ubuntu Studio).
>> It is also clear that if you do a fresh install of Ubuntu Studio 20.10
>> you will get Plasma.
>> But what happens if you upgrade Ubuntu Studio from 20.04 to 20.10 (or
>> from 20.04 to the next LTS release 22.04)? The announcement mentioned
>> likely breakage? Personally, I would prefer that either I kept the 
>> same
>> desktop, or I was smoothly migrated over to Plasma.
> Not sure if you're aware, but Lubuntu has already forged this path for 
> us.
> When they switched their desktop from LXDE (no longer actively 
> developed)
> to LXQt (the merging of the LXDE and RazorQt projects) in 18.10 (and 
> for
> 20.04 LTS) they had to make a tough call, and that was to not support 
> any
> direct upgrades from 18.04 to anything later, but to encourage clean
> installs. Basically, since this seems to have been met with success, 
> this
> is the route that should be encouraged.
> The biggest problem is that, due to the changes that had to happen in 
> the
> ubuntustudio-default-settings package, if one upgrades from 20.04 to 
> 20.10
> they *will* end up installing pretty much the entirety of the Plasma DE 
> and
> might end up with a crippled Xfce. Unfortunately, there's no real way
> around this.
>> I have always wondered what all the fuss is about with the "desktop
>> debate". I use Ubuntu Studio on two machines. One is standard Ubuntu
>> Studio (XFCE), and the other is standard Ubuntu with Ubuntu Studio
>> installed on top with the installer (Gnome).
>> The most important thing for me is being able to find the 
>> applications,
>> and then learning the tricks to arranging the open windows the way I
>> want them. It has never taken me long to work out a new desktop (but I
>> am a very basic user).
>> Maybe we should publish a guide to help people migrate from XFCE to
>> Plasma? What are the tips and tricks to carry on recording in the new
>> environment without embarrassing yourself in a professional scenario?
> I'm assuming that, based on this, you haven't tried one of the daily 
> Groovy
> ISO images. If you boot it up, you'll notice the desktop is nearly
> identical in layout with one exception: no desktop icons unless 
> ~/Desktop
> has items. That's easily mitigated with the file manager (which is all 
> the
> desktop icons would open anyhow). Any number of shortcuts can also be 
> added
> to the desktop, and the user can customize it however they see fit.
> The other exception would be the menu, but as Len pointed out to me, is
> functionally similar to the Whisker menu in Xfce. If one wants a more
> "classic" layout, a right-click on the launcher, then a click on "Show
> Alternative" shows three other choices, including Application Menu, 
> which
> is more similar to the Xfce menu of old. I actually tried to get it to
> default to that older menu, but it ended up being less customizable in
> terms of default favorites, so I left it to the user to switch.
> In any case, the menu items that we have laid out for the "Audio
> Production" etc. menus carried over perfectly.
> The learning curve really isn't all that steep, and if you have trouble
> finding something, i.e. a setting, you can easily search for that in
> "System Settings" as it's completely indexed and searchable. Another 
> nice
> thing is KRunner, which acts as a launcher similar to Apple's Spotlight 
> on
> macOS in that it will search just about everything, and even act as a
> calculator. It's accessed via alt-space.
> I guess there are a few menu shortcuts that differ, such as the
> aforementioned alt-space being KRunner and not the window menu. The 
> window
> menu, by the way, is accessed via alt-F3.
> So, yes, there are some differences, but I've done what I can to 
> minimize
> the learning curve. I think the best thing users can do is try it out 
> and
> play around with it. Especially in the live environment, don't be 
> afraid to
> try new things, and don't be afraid of breaking stuff since, unless 
> you've
> installed it, nothing is permanent.
> And just for the record, the overall reaction from the Linux community 
> has
> been positive about this transition. It has been the very vocal and few 
> "my
> way or the highway" critics that have been upset with this decision, 
> which
> took us the past two years to come to. Most of those critics haven't 
> even
> looked at Plasma (formerly known as KDE which is now the name of the
> development community) for upwards of a decade when the extremely buggy 
> and
> heavy Plasma 4 was what people knew then as KDE. That was their 
> impression,
> so they automatically assume Plasma 5 is the same way, when that 
> couldn't
> be further from the truth.
> As for a guide, I'm not sure what I'd write other than what I just 
> wrote
> there, but to be honest, I don't have much time to do documentation. I 
> hope
> others could step-up and do some of that.
> Thanks,
> Erich
> ----
> Erich Eickmeyer
> Project Leader
> Ubuntu Studio
> ubuntustudio.org

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