On the weekend, I installed the latest Kubuntu release onto my desktop PC. I must say the distribution is getting better with every release.
The first thing I noticed, finally Kubutu got a “Blueish” KDE 3.5.8 theme, which makes the desktop really beautiful (I didn’t like the old themes very much).
The setup went on pretty well and it recognized all my hardware without having to select something manually.
My on Euro Webcam, the wireless card (which has no drivers for vista), multimedia keys on the keyboard, dual head xinerama view, headset….. absolutly everything worked out-of-the-box, even on the Live CD, which holds the setup. Nothing is cooler, then browsing the web, while installing a new operating system (ask any other windows / mac / … guy to do this).
After rebooting for one time, the setup was finished and I was ready to start. When I say ready, I mean ready, the setup installed the latest updates, added my old OpenSUSE settings for Mail, Instant Messaging and wallet…
And everything in under one hour!!!
So what’s new inside Kubuntu 7.10?
GDebi – A tool to easily install .dev packages like Skype, SecondLife,…..
Dolphin – Made into KDE 3.5.8 and after having read many complaints about taking something out of Konqueror, I must say, the decision was right, Dolphin is the best Filebrowser I have ever used, even in its current shape (it is some kind of KDE4 preview version). I think, it will become a killer application on Windows, when it takes the step in some months/weeks/days…
Propritary Drivers – under the system settings, there is a new tool, which lets you easily install restricted drivers for your installed hardware. For my NVidia card, the tool made the driver setup really easy.
What I didn’t like is, that KMail still has its nasty IMAP code, which is so slow…. I hope, that with the next step towards KDE4 and with using the new Qt4 libraries, it will get a boost in the next months. Another thing I
There are many other cool new features inside the Gutsy release, but I dare you to download the Live CD and try it on your own. You even can start some nice tools from it, when running Windows.
While I’m waiting for Mac OS Leopard to be released and hopefully shipped on friday, I’m getting the latest SVN sourcecodes of KDE4 at the moment. I hope try to get a full running KDE4 session until tomorrow.
May be you can also visit http://www.rodereisen.de, where you can find my fathers travel agency, I finished a new design yesterday.
I would be glad if s.o. writes a comment about the look.