Kubuntu and KDE: What’s the dif­fer­ence?

Linux User & Developer - - Open Source -

There are a great num­ber of Linux dis­tri­bu­tions that use parts of the KDE project, but the most pop­u­lar dis­tros are KDE Neon, which is listed as an of­fi­cial KDE prod­uct, and Kubuntu, an of­fi­cial Ubuntu flavour that uses the KDE Plasma desk­top en­vi­ron­ment. How­ever, there’s some gen­eral con­fu­sion about how the two dif­fer, so we asked Graham what the key dif­fer­ences were. “This is a ques­tion that comes up very fre­quently,” he says. “And I think this is kind of our fault for not ad­e­quately dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing these, or re­ally dis­cussing the own­er­ship there.”

As Kubuntu prod­uct man­ager, Graham al­ways en­cour­ages peo­ple who want a gen­eral-pur­pose KDE desk­top distri­bu­tion to use Kubuntu: “Neon’s stated goal and rea­son for ex­ist­ing is to pro­vide, es­sen­tially, a rolling-re­lease set of KDE soft­ware on top of a non-rolling-re­lease base,” ex­plains Graham. “KDE Neon doesn’t have as much of a fo­cus on in­te­gra­tion as Kubuntu has. So ba­si­cally, if you want the lat­est KDE soft­ware, and you don’t care the lat­est ‘any­thing else’, use KDE Neon.

“If you want the lat­est up­dates for ev­ery­thing on your distri­bu­tion then a pure rolling-re­lease dis­tro such as Arch or Tum­ble­weed is the best way to go. If you want rel­a­tively sta­ble, well-tested ver­sions of ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing KDE soft­ware, and you want for there to be good in­te­gra­tion and de­faults, then you get Kubuntu,” states Graham.

Graham’s ev­ery­day dis­tro is ac­tu­ally KDE Neon: “I find that the De­vel­oper Un­sta­ble edi­tion is a great de­vel­oper plat­form, be­cause it’s su­per-rolling [and] built from Git branches ev­ery cou­ple of days, so you’ve al­ways got the lat­est and great­est.”

Above Nate Graham: “I think it’s im­por­tant that KDE Neon is seen as a show­case of KDE soft­ware for en­thu­si­asts, rather than as a gen­eral-pur­pose OS.”

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