Kubuntu 10.04: One Month In, Impressions

Wrapping It Up

Overall I am not disappointed with my use of Kubuntu.  It is certainly as complete an ecosystem as GNOME-based distributions, but I am not quite convinced that there is much difference here to warrant it the future of the desktop experience.  I am also significantly biased because due to low available resource and inconsistent Internet connectivity I do not make use of Plasmoids, which might hinder the experience, nor do I take advantage of the built in information management infrastructure except for Nepomuk.

KDE 4.4 also does not come off as an incomplete experience any more so than some other Open Source projects despite claims that earlier versions suffered as such.  I am a bit peeved by Dolphin’s inability to safely power down USB drives before removing them physically (preferring to just unmount volumes/partitions instead), and Amarok does not do what I want, but that doesn’t make it incapable, it just makes me picky.

I am glad that I made the decision to switch to Kubuntu for my personal computing experience.  It’s good to be conversant in many different interfaces, so I am glad to be adding KDE to my list.  It’s not been particularly different or difficult or radical in its design philosophy but because there are these slight differences for little gain, I will not be switching away from GNOME for teaching or as my default installation on those I convert to Linux/Ubuntu.  I am more comfortable in GNOME, and supporting GNOME is much easier for me, whereas with KDE I am still fumbling through menus and wrapping my head around which settings do what.  Overtime this shall fade, but by then GNOME 3 will be out and we will have a whole new, “revolution,” or is it, “evolution,” on our hands to discuss.

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