The Ubuntu and Kubuntu Bottom LineBy Frank Ohlhorst | Posted 2008-05-26 Email Print
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Both Ubuntu and Kubuntu are viable choices for users willing to try something different and the 8.04 releases are by far the best to date. Both have excellent installation wizards, an impressive set of applications and very good performance. For most users, the Gnome interface will be a better choice. Gnome proves to be easier to navigate and customize than KDE. Ubuntu with Gnome is less likely to cause confusion for end users and should generate less support calls. Yet, KDE does offer a more visually stunning appearance and offers several desktop effects that can make Linux that much more fun to use. Of course, both desktops have a great number of inconsistencies and those issues can cause some grief for users raised on Microsoft Windows.
But, in the end it will all come down to the applications, if the necessary business applications are available under Linux, then the OS becomes that much more viable for business and home users. One thing is certain, Ubuntu gets better with every release. The OS becomes more stable, offers more point and click features, adds more compatible applications and will become that much harder to ignore.
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