Should Ubuntu Have Gone With KDE Instead Of GNOME?

Written by Michael Larabel in KDE on 10 April 2017 at 08:03 PM EDT. 158 Comments
With last week's surprise decision by Mark Shuttleworth to abandon Unity 8 efforts and switch back to the GNOME desktop by Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, while some applauded the decision, others begged the question why not switch to KDE or "Ubuntu should default to [your favorite DE]."

KDE contributor Alessandro Longo has pleaded the case that Ubuntu should have decided on the KDE desktop rather GNOME. In making his argument, he wrote a blog post with "10 reasons why Ubuntu should use KDE Plasma instead of GNOME."

Among his reasons are that KDE is more "Windows-like", KDE can also provide a "Unity-like" experience, simple by default, Plasma Mobile is still an effort in the KDE camp, KDE has interests in convergence, Qt is multi-platform, KDE Neon innovations, the KDE store, and the Breeze icon theme.

Those curious about Longo's reasoning for believing KDE is better suited than GNOME for the default desktop of Ubuntu can be found via this blog post. But it likely won't shift the needle at all with the Ubuntu developers already sounding firm in their decision to backing GNOME.
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