I just installed a fresh copy of Kubuntu kde4 Hardy Heron on my laptop. Actually, it’s semi-fresh…
I installed Ubuntu 7.10 Server Edition, modified the repositories to Hardy Heron, the next release, and performed an upgrade. Then, I installed the “kubuntu-kde4-desktop” package. After an installation of Firefox, Amarok, and KOffice 2, I am ready to go.
After using it for the past few hours, several things really struck me:
For one, using the modified Kubuntu version of KDE4 is really nice. The Kubuntu developers have added applications that make the KDE4 experience complete, without having places where functionality is skipped, such as package management. There is also improved functionality with the panel at the bottom of the screen. Applications can now be added to the panel, and the panel can be moved around, resized, and configured. Also, when clicking on the clock in the panel, a calendar shows up. Very handy!
When I plug in a device, such as my USB pen-drive, a box pops up above the device manager (see screenshot below), telling me I placed a drive into the USB port, and gives me an icon that says “Open with Dolphin”. When I look in the “K” Menu, from the “Favorites” tab, I can see my favorite applications, as well as my recent documents. From the “System” menu, I can see my USB drive, as well as a meter bar showing me how much data I have that is free on the drive. This kind of functionality shines in KDE 4, and it is clear KDE4 handles devices in a clean manner. An icon for the device does not appear on the desktop, but instead is shown via the “System” tab of the “K” menu. It’s these small features that often define whether a system is just “good” or “awesome!”
There are so many features included that I am still discovering them. KDE 4 + Kubuntu is certainly a perfect match! I will certainly write more about this system as I learn more and get a better knowledge of it’s features.