Archive for November 6th, 2005

Once more into (k)Ubuntu land

Well, I lasted as long as I could. As I mentioned here, the last dist-upgrade that I did removed both digikam and amarok. These are two of my most-used applications, so needless to say, I wasn’t very happy about this. But I figured that this was a temporary problem with dependencies, and that both apps would be back in Etch by Sunday.

That’s today, however, and they still aren’t there. And I cannot live without them anymore. amaroK is replacable, though no music player app for Linux combines player and library functions as well as amaroK does. But digiKam is the only photo album software I’ve found that’s worth a crap. I have a new batch of pics that I’ve been wanting to process, so I needed digiKam. Even more than that, I was feeling resentful that two of my favorite programs were uninstalled and not available to be reinstalled. I’ve always liked Debian because it made it easy to install whatever software that I wanted, without having to worry about dependencies or conflicts. But suddenly Debian was forcing changes on my system.

And so I decided to give Ubuntu another go-round. This time around, I decided to go with Kubuntu, since I’m still not a Gnome fan. As I’ve stated here, my favorite desktop environment is XFCE, with KDE not far behind. I figured I might as well set up the system with KDE first, then install XFCE once I had the system stable.

This time around, I know a little more about Ubuntu and the philosophy around it. Instead of trying to do things manually, I used aptitude and Kubuntu’s configuration system. The only changes I made manually were to xorg.conf (so I can run X at 1600×1200) and fstab. Everything else on the system is being either controlled or configured through Kubuntu.

And I have to admit, I didn’t give Ubuntu a fair shake when I first tried it out. The respective Ubuntu and Kubuntu teams have done a great job at building a Debian-based distribution that is easy to install, easy to configure and easy to use. Kubuntu is definitely geared at desktop users, and that’s probably a good thing. It provides the standard KDE goodies, along with extras like and amaroK. Most users can be up, running and productive after the initial log-on into the system.

I did save myself a lot of work configuring programs by using my home partition from Debian as my home partition for Kubuntu. So most every application that I use is already configured. (Except for apps that have a database driving their backend, a la amaroK, in which case the database has to be rebuilt.) Except for some problems with exim (and who in the world decided to make postfix the standard instead of exim?), the move from Debian to Kubuntu went smoothly. And I am once again happy with my system.

So I guess you can now count me among the numerous (k)ubuntu converts.

Profile picI am a 40-ish uber-geek, Daoist and family man. Blessed to have one incredible wife and three wonderful kiddos. Dao has been kind to me.

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