Will Ubuntu use KDE instead of Gnome ?

Old Rocker old.rocker at blueyonder.co.uk
Sun Jan 15 10:17:53 UTC 2006

On Sunday 15 Jan 2006 08:49, Jan Moren wrote:

> Kubuntu comes on a CD as well.
> Why is this a problem?

Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I always that the free CD came only with 
Gnome.  If you wanted Kubuntu, you could get it only by burning a CD of 
your own or updating through Ubuntu using

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop


sudo apt-get install kdebase kde

Kubuntu does not come on a free CD that is given away, or that was my 

If it does, could someone post the link to the website where I can order 
a Kubuntu CD for free and so have only those Gnome applications that I 
think necessary.... On the Kubuntu page are links to shops where I can 
BUY Kubuntu, but not order it without cost.....

Now to go back to the original question.  Gnome is free as in beer and 
as in freedom.  KDE uses the Qt libraries from Trolltech which have 
been made freely available but have a tighter licence.  In other words, 
they are not as free as in freedom as Gnome.  It therefore makes sense 
if anybody is to give away disks of Ubuntu that they should be as free 
as possible, as in freedom.  I can't see KDE being the prime desktop in 
Ubuntu until this matter is resolved.

Enlightenment, IceWm, BlackBox and the rest all have their adherents, 
but they are a tiny number compared to Gnome and IceWm, so I don't 
think that they will be challengers for an alternative to Gnome.  KDE 
and Gnome have their adherents as well and presumably the OP prefers 
KDE (as I do), but I can well see why Gnome is the primary desktop for 
the free disks.

Old Rocker

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