Saying Goodbye to Kubuntu
I said goodbye to Kubuntu two weeks ago when I replaced my KDE desktop with Gnome and I haven’t looked back. It feels at the same time invigorating and betraying. Like I’ve left a former love for my new fling.
I had been using Kubuntu as my main OS for over three years, having started with v 5.x and migrated along all the way to 9.x. When the Kubuntu folks decided to abandon KDE 3.5 and jump to the new experimental KDE 4.x, I felt as though I was using a beta product, as opposed to the solid well-built OS that I had come to love.
Very Happy with Ubuntu Instead
But make no mistake, Ubuntu is a better distro. The Gnome environment is very straightforward. Yes, there are less gadgets. But how many flying windows and 3-D animations do you really need on your desktop?
As a developer, and entrepreneur, most of my day is spent either on Evolution (email), Firefox or in Terminal windows, developing and monitoring my servers. I’ll check some spreadsheets on Office and occasionally play some music in the background.
Kmail vs. Evolution (Side by Side)
Sure, Kmail is nice, but I like Evolution better. Why? I can’t explain, it’s just a feeling that the software is more-baked. Evolution had a more elegant interface. Evolution doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as Kmail, but their handling of Signatures, HTML formatting, and general ease of use beats out the more extensible Kmail. Both include calendar, memos, tasks, and contact management.
Music on Gnome vs. KDE
I like Amarok. Or should I say, I liked Amarok. Amarok 2, not so much…but that’s a different subject.
Still, Amarok 2 runs just fine on my Gnome desktop. There’s an Ubuntu (Gnome) version of Kaffeine & Xine. Mplayer works fine from Terminal on Gnome. No feeling of loss there at all.
SSH and FTP
Terminal and Konsole are essentially the same. IMO, the connection to external networks on Gnome is much more intuitive than on KDE. On KDE, you must use Dolphin (awful. no offense, but just awful), create remote network connections, and then return to Dolphin when you want to reconnect. On Gnome, you simply select from the main desktop menu – Places…Connect to Server. The newly connected server appears in your places menu thereafter.
Firefox, Open Office, Gimp, etc… all perform the same on Gnome as they did on KDE. With the possible exception that KDE Firefox seemed to crash more often.
Ubuntu handles all of my requirements pleasantly and without overhead. I’m very happy to say that I have a new love.