January 1, 0001

— type: post layout: post meta: {} title: Switch from Kubuntu to Ubuntu tags: - Linux published: true status: publish — I’ve just made the move to Ubuntu from Kubuntu. I started Linux life with an Kubuntu Live CD borrowed off a MythTV user from work over a year ago. Having been frustrated with how much configuration was necessary to do what seemed like sensible things I installed the ubunutu-desktop package about a week ago. I don’t think I’ll be going back. Ubuntu works fantastically well with the default configuration. It has lots of the things I commonly do all out in the open

  • The Applications menu works well and uses Fitt’s law to good effect in the top left hand corner
  • The Places menu is way better than the similar analogy in KDE
  • The System menu is also much better on it’s own than buried in the KDE menu
  • Accessing Logout from the top right works well (again Fitt’s law comes into play)
  • Configuration of the desktop just seems easier - a good choice of sensible defaults helps
  • It has a great look and feel out of the box - after months of trying to get something consistently decent for KDE I gave up
  • Putting shortcuts to commonly used applications and other useful things in the top bar is easy - also a great default setup
  • A much easier way of switching users out-of-the-box
  • Many others…

It’s a shame it was so hard getting rid of all the KDE related applications. A few hours tidying with Add/Remove Applications and Synaptic Package Manager seems to have cleaned out most things. Overall it seems like a great improvement to the usability of the common things that I use Linux for. Awesome. And, since Shelly hasn’t had any significant problems yet I guess it’s a thumbs up from her as well.

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