I’ve to confess that I was never fond of KDE. If you ask me ‘why’, then I’ve to tell that may be I’ve started my Linux life with Gnome and it was like ‘love at first sight’! I was introduced with Ubuntu at 2007 and to be frankly, I liked it so much that I never felt to try other distros to give a serious run. I’ve tested Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu, OpenSuse, Fedora – but I’ve not taken them seriously. As a result I became a solely Ubuntu guy. My laptop still runs Ubuntu 10.04 (and I am quite happy with Lucid). This solely Ubuntu-only-background makes me a total newbie in the world of Kubuntu! But why I am using Kubuntu now? Well… after buying the new desktop, I thought to taste Kubuntu instead of Ubuntu, because (in my opinion) unity in Ubuntu is still in its early stage and I do not wanted to install Lucid in my desktop. So I choose Kubuntu Natty Narwhal to give a try. The result? I am an one-month old Kubuntu user! 😀
This is my first time experiencing Kubuntu as well as KDE (in a serious mood not a trial mood). I am a long time Gnome user, so adopting to a new DE shouldn’t be very smooth. But somehow I get used to it. Let’s see what I like about Kubuntu.
- First of all – Kubuntu is shiny and sleek! The oxygen transparency is awesome (sadly I couldn’t apply that transparency in the Dolphin).
- The plasma desktop is a real cool thing. And there are widgets – attractive and really useful widgets!
- It has the cool compiz like effects; such as Desktop cube, Rotating desktop etc from out of box. In Ubuntu 10.04 they were not included by default. So more eye candy in Kubuntu.
- Kubuntu has lots of options of customization. Everything is very much configurable according to the user’s need. And when I say ‘very much’, it is literary ‘very much’. You can configure almost every thing in Kubuntu.
- The Kickoff Application Launcher is awesome. From searching any apps to shut down the computer – I like every part of it.
- Kubuntu has some extra softwares than Ubuntu by default, like – Akregator, Quassel, Kontact, KAddressbook, Klipper etc. I also like the native KDE applications, they are more useful and attractive.
- And above all it is hell easy to use!
But still Kubuntu is not the ‘completely perfect thingy’ for me. In my opinion it has some limitations too. Let’s see what are those.
- There is neither any Ubuntu Software Center nor Synaptic Package Manager. Sorry to say but KPackageKit, the default package manager of Kubuntu is not worthy any of those. Kubuntu community should seriously think about adopting Ubuntu Software Center for Kubuntu.
- No Ubuntu One app in Kubuntu! It is a bit strange. Now a days almost all the Ubuntu users are using Ubuntu One. There should be a handy app for this service in Kubuntu.
- There is no video editor in Kubuntu. Well … it is not essential for me, but for some people it may be a parameter to like Kubuntu over Ubuntu or any other operating systems.
- Kubuntu should come with Firefox by default. Though there is an option for installing Firefox, but I would rather like to see Firefox as the default browser instead of Rekonq.
- Instead of Dragon Player (the default video player), inclusion of VLC would be a great move. I think the same for Ubuntu, but for some reason Ubuntu is stuck with Totem Player and Kubuntu is stuck with Dragon Player. Both of the distro should embrace the VLC as their default player.
Well … that’s what I got in my mind after using Kubuntu for about a month. It is so familiar with Windows that a newbie migrating from Windows in to the Linux world, can easily get used to it. I am wondering, Windows and Kubuntu – who is copying whom? But to be frankly, my opinion is that Kubuntu needs lots of care to be a popular distro. I guess the Kubuntu community is not that much active or Canonical doesn’t pay proper attention to Kubuntu. Otherwise Kubuntu has the real potential to become a widely usable desktop operating system.