Adventures In Computing

July 13, 2008

Goodbye Kubuntu, Hello OpenSUSE

Filed under: Elive, Gnome, GNU/Linux, GoblinX, Hardy Heron, KDE, KDE 4.0, Kubuntu, Kubuntu 8.04, Linux, Ubuntu — Normand Bissonnette @ 5:14 pm

I removed Kubuntu 8.04 KDE 4 remix and installed openSUSE with KDE 4.  My first impression was:  Wow this looks great.  OpenSUSE looks very polished compared with Kubuntu.  Everything works as it should,  I am impressed.  I have been using it for a few days and I was thinking off going back to Kubuntu because I know it better and can get things done faster with it until today.  On my Kubuntu box with KDE 3.5.8 I can’t get my Kafeine player to do anything.  This bug only affects Kubuntu, why?  I tried every fix I could find on the net, nothing works.  OpenSUSE works, why not Kubuntu?

I decided to keep openSUSE 11 KDE 4 on one box, Ubuntu on the laptop, Ubuntu on the eeePC and on the last box I’ll be getting rid of Kubuntu 3.5.9 and going with something else.  I am debating between GoblinX and Elive.  Both of them have new releases this week and I have been waiting for both of them to try them out.  One of them will be left on a computer for longer than a few days, I don’t know which one yet but I will find out pretty soon.

I really like Ubuntu they have a fine product but I cannot use Kubuntu anymore or until Canonical decides to put more resources towards it.



  1. Does dual desktops / two monitors work with OpenSUSE 11 KDE4?

    I’ve been able to stretch a single desktop across two monitors with Kubuntu (sort of with great effort), but haven’t been able to have two desktops like I do with KDE3/Gnome…

    Comment by Kerrin — July 14, 2008 @ 1:17 am

  2. What’s that little guy in the top right corner. Is it a kde application or an opensuse feature. My hopes jumped that it is something similar to (look for my post in particular) Just a little curious 😛

    Comment by Spud — July 15, 2008 @ 2:42 am

  3. Spud, that little guy in the corner is the add widget button.

    Comment by spurius — July 15, 2008 @ 9:36 am

  4. Yes I agree, I love KDE but Kubuntu makes it too simple and just not functional. I moved to Debian Lenny with KDE 3.5.9 and I love it.

    Comment by lefty.crupps — July 15, 2008 @ 12:24 pm

  5. […] comparison, possibly due to the message delivered by DistroWatch rankings. Here is a duel involving Kubuntu and OpenSUSE for a change (just KDE). I removed Kubuntu 8.04 KDE 4 remix and installed openSUSE with KDE 4. My first […]

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  6. My thoughts are very similar. I’ve been a faithful user of Kubuntu on my laptop for a bit over a year now, though I’ve been running OpenSUSE 11.0 (KDE 3 – I’m still not very impressed with KDE 4) on my desktop for about a month now and I’m pretty pleased. I can honestly say it has the potential of replacing Kubuntu as the best, most stable KDE-running distro. There are a few things I haven’t gotten working properly (such as Compiz running, but no Emerald themes even though it’s installed and running) and my wireless card isn’t always recognized on boot, but they’re minor things.

    My laptop is fried at the moment (hopefully it’ll be fixed by tomorrow!) and I’ve got to make the difficult decision of whether or not I want to reinstall Kubuntu on it or switch to OpenSUSE 11.0 or Gentoo.

    @spud: The upper right corner is one way to interact with Plasma, which is what KDE 4 is built on.

    Comment by Kevin — August 5, 2008 @ 1:29 am

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