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    Phoronix: Canonical To Drop Support For Kubuntu

    After the forthcoming 12.04 "Precise Pangolin" release, Canonical will no longer be sponsoring the Kubuntu derivative and will be dropping support for this KDE-based alternative...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTA1NDA

  • #2
    Worst news heard this year

    Thats may be the worst news I head this year. I use Kubuntu for 3 years now(Using Ubuntu for 5 years now). I like KDE, at least more more better then Unity or Gnome 3. Kubuntu has some lagging in supporting some features/software of Ubuntu(Like its a step sister of Ubuntu but still a sister) and make it non Canoncial supporting will make KDE just more alien type in Ubuntu packages. Canoncial I think just going mad and playing russian roulette(Unity and many decisions are triggers and now finally this).

    I used KDE with Fedora in my University's PCs but Kubuntu seems far better to me. If starting 12.10 Kubuntu lags more, may be I have to check other KDE based distros.

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    • #3
      I wasn't aware GNOME is a business success. Bullshit.

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      • #4
        Ubuntu doesn't even have a Gnome spin, they dumped Gnome even before dumping KDE. (yes, Gnome is still packaged, but there's no LiveCD with Gnome and the regular Ubuntu LiveCD will install a Unity desktop that needs to be manually changed to Gnome.)

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        • #5
          makes sense -for canonical-

          as it seems what they are trying to do is get a toolkit independent DE with a Unity front end.

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          • #6
            So I switched from Gentoo to Kubuntu because I wanted my latest-and-greatest KDE on Linux fix with the least hassle... I hope I won't have to switch again. After all, the community will be supporting it so I hope it will stay up-to-date. I don't mind using Gnome stuff for things like network management and all that so I don't mind if the KDE versions of those become out of date, but I hope at least the desktop environment will continue to be functional.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ayqazi View Post
              So I switched from Gentoo to Kubuntu because I wanted my latest-and-greatest KDE on Linux fix with the least hassle... I hope I won't have to switch again. After all, the community will be supporting it so I hope it will stay up-to-date. I don't mind using Gnome stuff for things like network management and all that so I don't mind if the KDE versions of those become out of date, but I hope at least the desktop environment will continue to be functional.
              What was your experience/impression of Gentoo's KDE support? I've just installed KDE, but never really used it, on my Gentoo machine, so I'm curious to know.

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              • #8
                While I'm not the above poster, I have been using KDE for years on Gentoo. They had some problem with staying close to upstream during the 4.2 / 4.3 time but this is now way better. KDE Relases on Gentoo usually happen the day they are published on kde.org, there even are live ebuilds for them if you want to stay on the bleeding edge.

                Installation is painless (emerge -av kdebase-meta) and works great out of the box. It is by far my favorite DE with its activities catering to all my different usage scenarios. (Webbrowsing, development etc)

                I can only recommend kde to you. Never had a more polished desktop that can be configured just the way I like.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Azpegath View Post
                  What was your experience/impression of Gentoo's KDE support? I've just installed KDE, but never really used it, on my Gentoo machine, so I'm curious to know.
                  I've been using KDE in Gentoo since 2004 - I'd say it isn't as polished as a full distro releases like openSUSE but reflects what's happening upstream. For example only recently has an official frontend to NetworkManager become available.

                  The kde overlay makes it very easy to run the whole of KDE from git

                  Also with being Gentoo you always have access to the latest Qt, kernels, xorg servers and the rest of the graphics stack

                  Yes there is the initial effort of setting up your machine but the rewards, I feel, far outweigh this - as a Gentoo user you probably agree with me though

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                  • #10
                    -malicious mode on-

                    Maybe it is because since when they introduced Unity users started moving to KDE?

                    -malicious mode off-

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                    • #11
                      Awesome!

                      One thing I must admit, they sure know how to shoot themself in a foot.
                      Kubuntu was the last reason I kept on using Ubuntu.

                      And you know what. Despite being a kernel developer, I have decided that I had enough of that bullshit.
                      I am gradually switching to Windows 7.
                      I have plenty of things to do in real life, and they are more important that all that limbo that happens lately in Linux.
                      I had to switch to KDE as Gnome became to sucky, and KDE while is almost prefect feature wise is just too buggy.

                      I guess its time for me to start treating computer as a tool. A tool that will give me food (most programming jobs, hate it or like it are Windows based), a tool that will give me entertainment (eg games, various programs, photoshop)
                      a word processor that yeah also sucks, but still less that OO does, and lack of fear that every new piece of hardware I buy won't work in Linux.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Maxim Levitsky View Post
                        I have plenty of things to do in real life, and they are more important that all that limbo that happens lately in Linux.
                        I had to switch to KDE as Gnome became to sucky, and KDE while is almost prefect feature wise is just too buggy.
                        Go back to KDE 3.X / Trinity? I still prefer to run KDE 3.X since it runs faster on my hardware, although I really haven't tried KDE 4.8 yet..

                        When I buy a new laptop next year, I'll run KDE4.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Maxim Levitsky View Post
                          One thing I must admit, they sure know how to shoot themself in a foot.
                          Kubuntu was the last reason I kept on using Ubuntu.

                          And you know what. Despite being a kernel developer, I have decided that I had enough of that bullshit.
                          I am gradually switching to Windows 7.
                          I have plenty of things to do in real life, and they are more important that all that limbo that happens lately in Linux.
                          I had to switch to KDE as Gnome became to sucky, and KDE while is almost prefect feature wise is just too buggy.

                          I guess its time for me to start treating computer as a tool. A tool that will give me food (most programming jobs, hate it or like it are Windows based), a tool that will give me entertainment (eg games, various programs, photoshop)
                          a word processor that yeah also sucks, but still less that OO does, and lack of fear that every new piece of hardware I buy won't work in Linux.
                          I know how you feel, I felt the same way when I was overwhelmed with all the Linux problems and such. I use Win7 too and it's good, it's OK but Linux I just love and whenever I have some time and I'm in the mood I return to Linux with great pleasure and have fun.
                          Win7 is just not fun and neither are most if not all of the paid programming jobs. You just get to do what they want and what they tell you do to and often it's just stupid
                          and stuff like that. In Linux you can make program cool things and have fun plus the community is fun too.
                          As for Ubuntu dropping Kubuntu I suggest you look to OpenSuse which still have good KDE support and maybe even Fedora. Mint also have a KDE edition they take care of from what I know. Kubuntu was always way too buggy for me and I didn't like it, it just felt like a poor relative and that's that.
                          Plenty more good less well known KDE distros to choose from now that I think of it like Pardus , PCLinuxOS or Chakra...

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                          • #14
                            Ubuntu ...

                            ... "we are what we are because Mark Shuttleworth says so." Canonical's disloyalty towards its users is likely to engender a reciprocal response.

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                            • #15
                              I'm surprised it took this long...

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