The Best, Against The Wind
Though the KDE desktop has a few obvious advantages over Unity, Kubuntu has always played second fiddle (maybe third) to Shuttleworth’s baby, Ubuntu. While the distro has received critcism and praise in equal parts, one thing has never change. Commitment.
KDE, and to a similar degree, Kubuntu, have both been on the receiving end of a few limiting factors and fables. Firstly, the myth that OpenSuse is a superior KDE distribution, or even maybe the ‘best’. Secondly, Kubuntu is the worst KDE distribution. Regardless of the fact that OpenSuse’s KDE quality is baseless and unfounded, and in the face of heat from the FOSS community that the distribution is not up to par, the team pushes on. Even after having their food stamp card revoked by Canonical, the team still manages to push forward.
Where is the proof? If you were a KDE user desperate to get your hands on the KDE 4.8 SC release, you were left biting your nails for all of a couple of minutes until you got wind of the fact that the release had already been made available in the team’s PPA.
Kubuntu users were able to get this great and stable release immediately after the KDE team had announced it. I don’t usually break prose and degenerate into street talk mid-article, but I am overwhelmingly compelled to say “haters gonna hate”…
Well, it may be time yet again to “brush dem haters off”, as the Kubuntu team have made KDE 4.8.1 available, immediately, to subscribers of their PPA channel.
If you are an OpenSuse user, you may need to follow this guide from +Swapnil Bhartiya over at Muktware. I hear there is a chance that you may spill your beer all over your keyboard…. Ofcourse while I thank Swapnil for this guide, and it’s great for OpenSuse users, nothing is easy or more safe than using the Kubuntu PPA channel to stay bleeding edge. Don’t have it enabled? Just do this…
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
Now, enjoy the heck out of KDE 4.8.1 and relish in your ability to still be able to manage windows.
Lastly, thank Jonathon Riddell for holding this great project together through years of adversity.