[CS-FSLUG] Kubuntu, You're Killing KDE!

Eduardo Sanchez lists at sombragris.org
Sun Jun 10 11:33:51 CDT 2007

On Sunday 13 May 2007, Nathan T. wrote:
> http://celerate.blogspot.com/2007/05/kubuntu-youre-killing-kde.html
> If there's one thing that's always saddened me about Linux, it's how
> very little effort some distributions put into making sure KDE works,
> and how much trouble they go to in the never ending effort to peddle
> Gnome. Of course it shouldn't be a surprise that a distribution which
> started off with Gnome would be guilty of that, but by calling a
> derivation of it Kubuntu and claiming that it's delivering a working
> KDE desktop is only doing KDE a disservice. I can come up with three
> bugs right now which couldn't possibly have been missed during any
> competent testing process.
> First when I try to move a file to the trash, the buttons read
> "_trash_verb" or "cancel". Second, the majority of the time when I
> have files in the trash is spend wondering why the "empty trash"
> option is still grayed out. Third there are no icons to a single
> location in the the file system either on the desktop or in the
> kicker menu where users can easily click and drag, instead Kubuntu
> uses desktop applets to provide these shortcuts in such a fashion
> that the icons cannot be copied. Finally, the trash icon in the tray
> is in the bottom right of the screen as an applet, thus again you
> have problems again where it work work with click and drag and or
> shortcuts to it as a location. Why do the Kubuntu developers alienate
> long standing KDE users like myself by changing the natural order of
> things to make them unintuitive, only then to so inadequately test
> the product before release, that such blatant bugs make it through to
> the users computer.
> I can't tell you how much it crushes me to see software I really
> loved back in the days of version 2 get this kind of disrespect from
> the people who claim to be evangelizing it. Don't even begin to tell
> me that it's partly my fault for not submitting bugs, I went through
> the same thing with Mandrake and it's just not reasonable to expect
> people to create a new account and then use software as painfully
> unintuitive as bugzilla, only to be told that it's a duplicate report
> and even if it's a small problem it won't be addressed for another
> two to six months. Now someone has to come up and tell me there's a
> simple e-mail address where I can send my bug reports, right? Well
> then why isn't it easy to find, I've already looked for it. I know
> there's a mailing list, but my experience with those is usually being
> given the bugtrack/bugzilla URL for their project. Sorry, but if such
> obvious bugs as I've mentioned above have been missed in a production
> "stable" product, then either I'd be the only one submitting bug
> reports anyway, or nobody cares.
> If I'm still looking for a Linux distribution to use by the time
> Kubuntu gets a major upgrade then maybe I'll try it again. For now
> I'm going to keep looking for that ever elusive distribution which
> puts KDE ahead of a 6 month release cycle or a pro-Gnome agenda.
> Microsoft eat your heart out, myself and 90% of the world population
> will forever be stuck on your operating system as long as there isn't
> a company out there that listens to what customers want and delivers.
> Apple can't make a reasonably priced upgradeable computer that
> doesn't include a monitor, Linux distributors can't take one of
> Linux's greatest software assets (KDE) seriously, and every other
> alternative out there has yet to be a blip on the radar. If only I
> had stuck with XP instead of wasting money on Vista *sigh*.
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Nathan, you should *really* try Slackware. I'm using it to run 
plain-vanilla KDE 3.5.7, with full hardware support for my 256 MB 
PIII-450 with an Intel chipset. The installation feels fast and snappy.



Prof. Eduardo Sanchez
Asuncion, Paraguay, South America

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