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Poll Results: Kubuntu or Ubuntu?

 
  • 33% (1)
    Kubuntu
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    Ubuntu
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post #11 of 19
OP: The difference is how much you like the ability to change your GUI. KDE is far better than Gnome3 and Unity (hey look Gnome fanboys I'm being unreasonably biased too rolleyes.gif). Honestly, I'd stay away from Ubuntu as I dislike both Gnome and Unity. But that's me. If you want a OSX...don't care about freedom of choice with the DE then go with Unity and Gnome (that's their target audience). If you're feeling really adventurous but still want the familiarity of buntu then hit up Bodhi for a fast Enlightenment based spin.

PS: If you think KDE is too "heavy" there's always grabbing the "low fat" settings post install from the Kubuntu website. But KDE is no more heavy than the over-rated Gnome or Unity.
     
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post #12 of 19
KDE has more features than GNOME. Problem I have with KDE is not that it is heavy, just that it throws too many options at users. I prefer GNOME over KDE for simplicity (although I personally like Fluxbox or Xfce).
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post #14 of 19
Kubuntu:
Pro: Easy to use
Con: Moar liek Bloatbuntu, really slow when compared to other distros

Ubuntu:
Pro: Easy to use and fast
Con: It is still Ubuntu
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post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by hot97integra View Post

thanks guys. i'm going to give ubuntu a try :-) i'm doing dual boot. so if it doesn't work out, i'll just remove it :-D
Be aware that the order you install the OS's in makes a difference, as they use different bootloaders (NTLDR vs. GRUB). While GRUB will cope with both Windows & Linux, NTLDR won't. So, you'll need to use GRUB to access both. However, if you remove Ubuntu, it'll take GRUB with it, rendering your rig unable to boot. Once you remove Ubuntu, you'll need to boot with the Windows CD in, and boot to a recovery console and run "fixmbr" to install the NTLDR bootloader back to the boot sector of your HDD.

I believe, that if you make a separate partition for Ubuntu's /boot partition, in theory if you left that in situ when removing Ubuntu, your computer would still boot (to the boot menu), then you could select Windows from there. I haven't tried this, but in my head it works lol
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post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by hot97integra View Post

thanks guys. i'm going to give ubuntu a try :-) i'm doing dual boot. so if it doesn't work out, i'll just remove it :-D
Be aware that the order you install the OS's in makes a difference, as they use different bootloaders (NTLDR vs. GRUB). While GRUB will cope with both Windows & Linux, NTLDR won't. So, you'll need to use GRUB to access both. However, if you remove Ubuntu, it'll take GRUB with it, rendering your rig unable to boot. Once you remove Ubuntu, you'll need to boot with the Windows CD in, and boot to a recovery console and run "fixmbr" to install the NTLDR bootloader back to the boot sector of your HDD.

I believe, that if you make a separate partition for Ubuntu's /boot partition, in theory if you left that in situ when removing Ubuntu, your computer would still boot (to the boot menu), then you could select Windows from there. I haven't tried this, but in my head it works lol

Yes OP could do this however it would require them manually adding an option to the windows bootloader. I have done this with my CentOS and RHEL installs. You can google on how to do this.

Hmm as far as KDE vs Gnome, you have fanboys on either side of the fence there are conflicts going back to the first releases of the two GUI's. I wish it were still possible to make them indistinguishable to one another like Red Hat used to do.

KDE is very similar to the windows shell, if you are comfortable with the desktop paradigm it may be the way to go for you.

Gnome has the same number of features and bells and whistles KDE does and you won't go lacking or missing anything in either environment. However a lot of people have grown grumpy about Gnome 3 and how much it has changed itself from Gnome 2. That is for you to decide.

If you really want to alienate yourself and try something new go Headless and learn commands smile.gif
post #17 of 19
To avoid bootloader issues there are guides out there but you could also try virtualbox (free) and create virtualmachines for any linux distro you want to try. It's super simple to set up and you can get a sense for which GUI you like better.
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been running linux mint 11 on my laptop and i have little to no experience with linux and i love it.
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been running linux mint 11 on my laptop and i have little to no experience with linux and i love it.

Mint 12 and LMDE are beautiful, I find LMDE to be more nicer . I somehow don't like Gnome 3.
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