I’m taking part in round with Kubuntu 18.04.2 “Bionic Beaver” on an eight-yr-previous Dell Latitude. As a Windows refugee, I like KDE Plasma a *lot* higher than Gnome three.x. It’s fairly, it’s extremely customizable out of the field, it’s not a RAM hog, and it’s *acquainted*. Anyway, I don’t assume I’ve run into any actually *main* issues with Kubuntu up to now.
The KDE System Settings panel is nonetheless on the complicated and complicated aspect, though perhaps much less so than within the latest previous. I added one among Pale Moon’s two formally authorized PPA repos and am utilizing Pale Moon as my default browser. Google’s Web-initiated set up routine for Google Chrome (which I exploit virtually completely for Netflix) labored with no hitch. I imported my consumer profiles for Pale Moon, Firefox, Waterfox, Google Chrome, and LibreOffice from Linux Mint Cinnamon 19.1, they usually appear to be working positive, by and enormous. I did a guide set up of FreeFileSync and made launchers for FreeFileSync and RealTimeSync utilizing just about the identical process I’d used for Linux Mint Cinnamon, with no hitch. I additionally did a guide set up of YouTube-DL-GUI, with launcher, and that appears to work positive, too.
* Kubuntu LTS appears to have solely a 3-yr lifespan, whereas Ubuntu LTS (on which Kubuntu LTS is primarily based) has a *5*-year lifespan. (So far as I could make out, as of 18.04, Ubuntu LTS truly has a *ten*-year lifespan … for enterprise prospects who pay for prolonged assist.) Anyway, that’s a significant strike towards Kubuntu in comparison with Linux Mint, which like Ubuntu LTS is supported for 5 years. The much less usually I’ve to even *presumably* be put within the place of getting to do a clear improve, reinstall all of my apps, and redo all of my configurations, the higher. If Texstar weren’t significantly unwell and if Solus had been a bit additional alongside in its growth, PCLinuxOS and Solus can be critical contenders for my subsequent major OS, as rolling distros that you simply “set up as soon as and replace endlessly.”
* Discover, Ubuntu/Kubuntu’s GUI software program supervisor, isn’t nearly as good or useful as Linux Mint’s Software Manager. And loads of distro reviewers appear to agree with me on that time. End of criticism.
* This drawback could be particular to Dell laptops with Track Stick pointing sticks, though it’s one which I’ve NOT been in a position to reduce utilizing Kubuntu’s bundled enter-machine settings up to now: I’m *addicted* to the pointing stick for mousing and scrolling, and Dell Track Sticks are merely not as clean and correct as Lenovo TrackPoints, in both Windows or Linux. I intend to seek for tips and particular utilities for configuring pointing sticks in Kubuntu someday quickly. (By the way in which, Kubuntu appears to return with a sizzling nook within the higher proper of the display that’s activated by default. It switches between displaying the lively window to displaying a preview of all open home windows on the desktop. Thanks to the wonky Track Stick, I recurrently overshoot titlebar shut buttons and set off the new nook. If I can’t enhance how the Track Point behaves, I’m going to must deactivate the new nook.)
* This subsequent criticism truly applies to each Linux distro I’ve tried: the US International (with lifeless keys) keyboard structure doesn’t work in addition to the equal Windows structure does. So far as I’ve been in a position to surmise, the Windows structure sends lifeless keys’ nominal characters (e.g, an precise ‘, “, ^, ~, and so forth.) as quickly because it registers an instantly-following spacebar *press*, whereas the Linux structure doesn’t do this till it registers a spacebar *press-and-launch*. Either that, or the spacebar press-and-launch merely doesn’t register loads of the time. Regardless, the tip end result is that if I don’t kind extra slowly and intentionally in Linux than I do in Windows, I find yourself with loads of rubbish like Iǘe, Iḿ, and thatś as a substitute of the I’m, I’ve, and that’s I supposed to kind. (Some of the characters, like ç and Ç are composed in another way, too, however a totally similar structure could also be an excessive amount of to ask for.) I intend to attempt to analysis the spacebar situation sooner or later and perhaps deliver the matter earlier than the shadowy High Council for Linux Keyboard Layouts. 😉
Major Plus (pertaining to KDE particularly): My eyesight isn’t the best, and I respect home windows decorations (reduce button, maximize/restore button, shut/stop button, and so forth.) that I can see and precisely goal and click on on. KDE Plasma is extremely customizable and I’ve been in a position to decide on home windows decorations that work for me. I typically discover Linux Mint and Cinnamon to be extra persistently nicely-thought-out, extra consumer-pleasant, and fewer glitchy than Kubuntu and KDE Plasma, however I’ve been having imaginative and prescient-associated issues with the model of Cinnamon in Mint 19.1. Apparently, with a view to enhance scalability on HiDPI shows, the Cinnamon workforce radically decreased window customization choices, at the least for now. My drawback is that the remaining choices all have tiny, tremendous-delicate home windows decorations that may be a *sumbitch* for Mr. Magoos like me to click on on — even on a ThinkPad with an correct TrackPoint. If they provide me some large, boldly coloured squares as a substitute of tiny, quasi-camouflaged balls within the subsequent launch, I’ll be so much happier!
All in all, I might at the least *contemplate* Kubuntu as my major OS over Linux Mint Cinnamon if it weren’t for the shorter lifespan. I perceive why Linux Mint KDE customers had been upset when Mint stopped providing official KDE releases after 18.three. Cinnamon is an excellent DE and it’s consistently enhancing (nicely … for twenty- and thirty-somethings with 20/10 imaginative and prescient ;-), however KDE nonetheless outshines it in lots of areas, admittedly at the price of some glitchiness.
PS: Someone talked about Manjaro. I attempted out Manjaro KDE in a naked-metallic set up for a couple of weeks and concluded that whereas it may be a *nice* distro for intermediate-degree Linux customers and above, it doesn’t make the lower as a newbie-pleasant distro. There had been a couple of packages that I actually needed or wanted. In many different distros, they required guide installs, however in Manjaro, they had been obtainable in AUR. I used to be so excited! One set up script (for TuxGuitar) ran to conclusion and reported a profitable set up … after which TuxGuitar wouldn’t run. Another (for FreeFileSync) took repeated (six or extra?) makes an attempt, spaced out over time, to put in … and ditto for the subsequently launched model, besides that I by no means *obtained* it to put in. The software program replace GUI (both Octopi or Pamac, I neglect which) started flagging a bunch of library conflicts, however offered no info past that. My fault for putting in packages from AUR? Maybe. But the factor is, I haven’t gotten library conflicts in distros the place I put in the identical apps manually. Anyway, Manjaro is obvsiouly *dramatically* extra consumer-pleasant than inventory Arch, however to my thoughts, it’s nonetheless not *remotely* consumer-pleasant sufficient for Linux novices like me.
PPS: I feel it’s *very* good of the Mint workforce to be sustaining a parallel Linux Mint Debian Edition, in case Canonical turns to the Dark Side of the Force or simply does one thing extremely boneheaded with Ubuntu. Linux Mint and Cinnamon are nonetheless essentially the most problem-free distro and desktop surroundings I’ve used (latest Mr. Magoo issues however), and I hope the workforce sticks it out and retains growing these tasks for a very long time to return. To *persistently* launch merchandise which can be as steady and nicely-functioning as theirs in an surroundings as complicated and chaotic because the GNU/Linux world is fairly an accomplishment.