Found another great video of how Linux evolved these past years. Interestingly enough, the video compares the evolution of Windows and Linux. Personally, I like the Windows ‘oops’ videos
Anyway, watch the video and enjoy
Here is another amatuer video of my Acer notebook with Kubuntu Linux, KDE 4,0 and Compiz Fusion.
The most awaited KDE 4.0 was finally released 11th of January, 2008. Official website lists some distributions which will include the version 4.0 in their binary packages:
- An alpha version of KDE4-based Arklinux 2008.1 is expected shortly after this release, with an expected final release within 3 or 4 weeks.
- Debian KDE 4.0 packages are available in the experimental branch. The KDE Development Platform will even make it into Lenny. Watch for announcements by the Debian KDE Team. Rumours are that a Live CD is planned as well.
- Fedora will feature KDE 4.0 in Fedora 9, to be released in April, with Alpha releases being available from 24th of January. KDE 4.0 packages are in the pre-alpha Rawhide repository.
- Gentoo Linux provides KDE 4.0 builds on http://kde.gentoo.org.
- Kubuntu packages are included in the upcoming “Hardy Heron” (8.04) and also made available as updates for the stable “Gutsy Gibbon” (7.10). A Live CD is available for trying out KDE 4.0. More details can be found in the announcement on Kubuntu.org.
- Mandriva will provide packages for 2008.0 and aims at producing a Live CD with the latest snapshot of 2008.1.
- openSUSE packages are available for openSUSE 10.3 (one-click install), openSUSE Factory (one-click install) and openSUSE 10.2. A KDE Four Live CD with these packages is also available. KDE 4.0 will be part of the upcoming openSUSE 11.0 release.
To those who can’t wait for the official distribution, you can download the packages at the mirrors.
There are no official known bugs yet but some people have reported bugs like some apps not working within the new version. However, KDE can be downloaded via LiveCD to test the new version without installing. If you prefer to install the new version, you can an option to use KDE 4.0 and 3.5 along side each other. All you have to do is choose which window manager you like to use at the login screen.
The battle for the best Linux desktop still continues as Ubuntu’s sponsor Canonical announced that KDE will not be included in its Long Term Support (LTS) for the next release. Since the upcoming version of KDE, KDE 4.0, still has a long way to go, Kubuntu Desktop lead Scott James Remnant explains that KDE is not mature enough to be included in the LTS. Ubuntu is to release version 8.0, Hardy Heron, in April 2008.
GNOME, the default user interface for Ubuntu, will receive the support, but KDE won’t. The reason, according to Canonical, which sponsors Ubuntu and is trying to make a business of selling the support contracts, is simply that KDE is at an awkward transitional period between two versions, the old-line 3.5 and the imminent and significantly different 4.0.
Though Ubuntu-KDE users are relatively small compard to Ubuntu-GNOME users, KDE still deserves the same attention that GNOME gets. But with its upcoming release of version 4.0 set close to the release of Hardy Heron, it is a case of bad timing.
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