Saturday, February 24, 2007

Is it time for me to replace Suse with Ubuntu?

I'm thinking really hard about replacing europa's Suse 10.2 installation with Ubuntu, or possibly Kubuntu. I'm not too crazy about Kubuntu because of its insisting that Konq be the default web browser, not Firefox. Trust me, I like Konq for its file browsing, even more so than Nautilus, but Kubuntu's "pure KDE" philosophy bugs me a bit. That's why I've liked Suse to date; it strikes a good balance between KDE and other applications on the desktop.

Once again, though, while making some minor customizations I was reminded why Ubuntu 7.04 is so "likable". I went hunting for applets to add to the upper panel, and discovered that the "Add to Panel" applet has been cleaned up so that finding anything to add to the panel is a whole lot easier than it used to be.

Above is the initial view. Note that custom applications have been moved out of the main window and above it as a pair buttons. The long strip view of older "Add to Panel" implementations is gone. It's organized so much better.

Adding a custom application (in this case, Wireshark), is easy to find and quick to select.

Are You Sure About This?

I've invested too much time, effort, and money over the years with Suse to just casually toss it away. And Suse has been an excellent work platform. Most importantly it has been the best distribution to run on my Gateway notebooks over the past two years. It's not a decision to be made lightly. But I can't help but note how everything seems to work that much better on Ubuntu. And it's just an alpha. It's only two more months until April. I think I can wait until then.


  1. I have tried many linux flavors going back to Redhat 5.1. I have used Redhat, Mandrake (now Mandriva), Debian, Suse, and most recently Ubuntu and Kubuntu. I have probably missed a few disros in there as I have played with many,

    Along the way I always found that something was seriously missing and found that I was still spending much of my time in windows. However, with Kubuntu I finally have a linux only computer and find that everything works as it should.

    My point is that linux, with Ubuntu/Kubuntu, is finally ready to be used on a desktop system as the only OS. This is wonderful and is something I did not find with Suse, or any of the others I tried. Go ahead, take the leap to Ubuntu, or one of its derivatives, you likely won't regret it.

  2. When my old hard drive self destructed 18 months ago, I took a deep breath and just used Kubuntu. Steep learning curve for an old (and I mean old) Windows user, but I have never looked back. Upgrade every 6 months ( earlier, a couple of times but I won't do that anymore) and it just gets better and better. If you are thinking about giving K/U/X/ubuntu a try, just do it. You will not be disappointed.


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