Ubuntu vs Kubuntu, Feisty vs Edgy....what's the difference?

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  1. weiser701

    weiser701 Notebook Consultant

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    what's the difference between Ubuntu and Kubuntu? and which one do i want (your personal opinion)?

    and what are Ubuntu Edgy and Ubuntu Feisty? what do "Edgy" and "Feisty" mean? again, which one do i want?

    this stuff is still all foreign to me. thanks
     
  2. AuroraS

    AuroraS Notebook Virtuoso

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    Ubuntu and Kubuntu are essentially the same thing... the main difference being that they run different desktop environments. Ubuntu uses GNOME, whereas Kubuntu uses KDE (hence the "k"). They both have their advantages and disadvantages, especially if you're a programmer... if you're just a normal user, you'd probably just choose one depending on which one looks better. I'd say GNOME has more of a simple, OS-X like look to it. KDE is stylish and probably more similar to Windows... but that's just my opinion. They both look good, you just gotta choose one your prefer.

    As for Edgy and Feisty... they're different versions. Feisty is the newer version of Ubuntu... it's like Vista versus XP. Each version of Ubuntu has a codename that goes along with its version number. Ubuntu 6.10 = Edgy Eft, Ubuntu 7.04 = Feisty Fawn. Older ones were Dapper Drake... Breezer Badger... etc.

    EDIT: I forgot to mention that KDE and GNOME can run different programs... some programs run specifically in KDE, some specifically in GNOME. If you know of any particular programs you're gonna use and which desktop they run in, obviously you'll want to choose the version of (K)Ubuntu that can run it...
     
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    zadillo Notebook Virtuoso

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    Ubuntu uses the Gnome desktop environment, while Kubuntu uses the KDE environment. Which one you want would depend on your preference for Gnome or KDE (if you don't have a preference, try running LiveCD's of both Ubuntu and Kubuntu, and you can see). There are also generally different apps in some cases for Gnome and KDE, so that can have an impact as well.

    Edgy Eft and Feisty Fawn are basically just codenames for each Ubuntu release. Before Edgy Eft was Dapper Drake. They are just friendly names to correspond to the actual version numbers.

    Edgy Eft is the current "stable" release, while Feisty Fawn is currently being finalized and is supposed to be officially released in April. At this point you'd probably be safe with either version....... either one you will be able to update easily.
     
  4. weiser701

    weiser701 Notebook Consultant

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    so if i want to run the Beryl Cube Project (i think that's what it's called) then which OS is more suitable: Ubuntu or Kubuntu? i'm not a programmer by any means but i would really like a sexy looking GUI. but since i'm just an average user, i should probably stick to the more simple to use OS at this point. i still need sexy though ;)

    and you think Ubuntu Feisty should be ok to install at this point?
     
  5. CalebSchmerge

    CalebSchmerge Woof NBR Reviewer

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    I am running Fiesty, but I would say stick with Edgy right now. In a few weeks, its easy to upgrade, but this way you don't have to deal with any problems in the Beta stage. I agree that KDE is more Windows Like, but also that GNOME has its own "sexy" side to it (I still don't like "sexy" to describe a GUI). I vote Kubuntu Edgy.

    I take that back. You should look at Linux Mint (go for Bianca). That is probably the best one for you. Google for it.
     
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    I think Kubuntu looks bloated. Gnome + Beryl looks the best IMO.
     
  7. Lysander

    Lysander AFK, raid time.

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    Use which ever one you reckon looks better. On any system with 512MB of ram or up, they'll both run as snappy as the other.
     
  8. Insane

    Insane Notebook Evangelist

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    yup yup, I'm with this guy on that! :D

    in love with my 3D desktop...
     
  9. Pitabred

    Pitabred Linux geek con rat flail!

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    "looks" bloated? How can you tell what bloat is by looking at it? Sheesh.

    If you don't like the design, say so, but the fact is that Gnome is getting more and more bloated (and slower) with every release, while KDE goes in the other direction. Not to mention GTK+ is a horrid toolkit. Even Linus hates Gnome, and if anyone has authority on the matter, it would be him (at least from a technical perspective) ;)
     
  10. Lysander

    Lysander AFK, raid time.

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    Come on Pita, us KDE folk don't need to stoop to cries of "bloated" and "horrid toolkit". GNOME has its place (you have to admit, it is slightly easier to learn to use. Some new users might find KDE has "too many" options) and I like GAIM. KDE has its place too. I use KDE for it's dock abilities, and extensive theming support.
     
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