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 ====== Distro Dinosaur ====== ====== Distro Dinosaur ======
-Having [[blog:​distro_doom|successfully installed Ubuntu MATE]] at the start of the year, to replace a defunct Manjaro installation that had done good service for many months before succumbing to the problems of being a rolling distro, I can now report what a fortnight of using it feels like.+{{:​blog:​matelogo.png?​direct&​180 |}}Having [[blog:​distro_doom|successfully installed Ubuntu MATE]] at the start of the year, to replace a defunct Manjaro installation that had done good service for many months before succumbing to the problems of being a rolling distro, I can now report what a fortnight of using it feels like.
  
-First thing to report: it works! It works fine, in fact. All the applications I need (which often weren'​t in other distro repositories whenever I tried them a few years back) were swiftly and painlessly installed and work just as you'd expect them to. Despite MATE being a GTK (and hence Gnome-ish) desktop environment,​ key bits of KDE-based functionality work flawlessly -in particular, Clementine is happily playing its way through my music collection.+First thing to say, emphatically: it works! It works fine, in fact. All the applications I need (which often weren'​t in other distro repositories whenever I tried them a few years back) were swiftly and painlessly installed and work just as you'd expect them to. Despite MATE being a GTK (and hence Gnome-ish) desktop environment,​ key bits of KDE-based functionality work flawlessly -in particular, Clementine is happily playing its way through my music collection.
  
 It also manages to work whilst wobbling nicely. Which is to say, I am afraid I am a fan of desktop bling and thus require my windows to wobble (and my virtual desktops to switch by appearing as faces on a rotating cube). Happily, [[http://​www.compiz.org/​|Compiz]] integrates with MATE well, so all my required desktop effects are in place and mostly work without drama (the occasional tearing of a wobbling window as it's dragged can be a little annoying, but it's rare enough that I don't mind). It also manages to work whilst wobbling nicely. Which is to say, I am afraid I am a fan of desktop bling and thus require my windows to wobble (and my virtual desktops to switch by appearing as faces on a rotating cube). Happily, [[http://​www.compiz.org/​|Compiz]] integrates with MATE well, so all my required desktop effects are in place and mostly work without drama (the occasional tearing of a wobbling window as it's dragged can be a little annoying, but it's rare enough that I don't mind).
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   * [[https://​mate-desktop.org/​|MATE]] is also a no-no. See above: I studied history at Uni and I love my Ancient Romans and Greeks, but MATE is just too "​2000s"​ to pass muster today.   * [[https://​mate-desktop.org/​|MATE]] is also a no-no. See above: I studied history at Uni and I love my Ancient Romans and Greeks, but MATE is just too "​2000s"​ to pass muster today.
    
-On the same "ye ancient desktops don't do it for me" principle, I can also rule out things like [[https://​www.xfce.org/​|XFCE]] and [[https://​lxde.org/​|LXDE]]. I'm also not young and adventurous enough to be enticed by the prospect of [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Budgie_(desktop_environment)|Budgie]] -which, in any case, I find very Gnome-like with its attendant problems!+On the same "ye ancient desktops don't do it for me" principle, I can also rule out things like [[https://​www.xfce.org/​|XFCE]] and [[https://​lxde.org/​|LXDE]]. I'm also not young and adventurous enough to be enticed by the prospect of [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Budgie_(desktop_environment)|Budgie]] -which, in any case, I find very Gnome-like ​and thus comes lumbered ​with all Gnome'​s ​attendant problems!
  
 Which leaves? [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Cinnamon_(software)|Cinnamon]] and [[https://​www.kde.org/​|KDE]],​ I think. Which leaves? [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Cinnamon_(software)|Cinnamon]] and [[https://​www.kde.org/​|KDE]],​ I think.
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 So, for me, at the moment, it comes down to this: use a KDE distro. KDE has lots of graphical bling; it's got more configuration options than you can shake a stick at; its native apps are highly functional and the functionality is readily accessible and tweakable in ye olde fashioned menu-option fashion! It's a little too Windows-like,​ if I'm being completely honest, but if that bugs you, you can at least tweak it away. But you don't have to tweak //much// to get a good-looking,​ bling-filled,​ desktop experience that's modern and a pleasure to use. So, for me, at the moment, it comes down to this: use a KDE distro. KDE has lots of graphical bling; it's got more configuration options than you can shake a stick at; its native apps are highly functional and the functionality is readily accessible and tweakable in ye olde fashioned menu-option fashion! It's a little too Windows-like,​ if I'm being completely honest, but if that bugs you, you can at least tweak it away. But you don't have to tweak //much// to get a good-looking,​ bling-filled,​ desktop experience that's modern and a pleasure to use.
  
-Which brings me to the next question, of course: what's the best KDE-based distroObviously, you can install KDE on the top of most distros these days, but I'm after one where it's baked in as a primary option, not added in as an afterthought. Linux Mint is definitely not an option here, of course, because they [[https://​itsfoss.com/​linux-mint-drops-kde/​|long ago stopped developing a specifically-KDE version of their distro]].+Which brings me to the next question, of course: what's the best KDE-based distroObviously, you can install KDE on the top of most distros these days, but I'm after one where it's baked in as a primary option, not added in as an afterthought. Linux Mint is definitely not an option here, of course, because they [[https://​itsfoss.com/​linux-mint-drops-kde/​|long ago stopped developing a specifically-KDE version of their distro]].
  
 +Incidentally,​ if I were contemplating using Red Hat or CentOS as a desktop distro, I would also have [[https://​www.theregister.co.uk/​2018/​11/​02/​rhel_deprecates_kde/​|concerns about KDE there]]. But I'm not, and I don't think Red Hat's refusal to back KDE from 2024 and beyond is a show-stopper for using KDE in other distros in the meantime. You might reasonably expect Fedora to deprecate KDE in the same fashion sooner than that, though -but even if it doesn'​t,​ Fedora'​s integration with KDE in the past has never been exactly [[https://​www.dedoimedo.com/​computers/​fedora-28-kde.html|a triumph]]!
  
 +So if not Mint or Fedora, what? 
  
 +Well, [[http://​www.linuxandubuntu.com/​home/​best-kde-linux-distributions-for-your-desktop|this is quite a handy list]] of distros that primarily use KDE -and implement it well. I'll say right up-front that no matter how good the reviews of those distros are, I'm not touching distros like "​Chakra",​ "​Kaos"​ and "​Netrunner":​ I know nothing of where they come from, how big their developer community is, how good (and friendly) their user communities are... nor their long-term prospects, putting it bluntly.
  
 +That leaves me a choice of: Kubuntu (forget it: it's Ubuntu with KDE slapped on top); KDE Neon (forget it; it's Ubuntu!); Fedora KDE Spin (see above: forget it, because it's Fedora with KDE slapped on top, badly, and the long-term future of anything Red Hat and KDE is suspect)... and OpenSuse.
  
 +It's a [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Hobson%27s_choice|Hobson'​s choice]], in other words. If you want a mainstream, KDE-first, distro these days, you can choose [[https://​www.opensuse.org/​|OpenSuse]] or... nothing much!
  
 +Accordingly,​ yesterday evening, I wiped my Ubuntu MATE installation and put OpenSuse 15 on instead (note: OpenSuse has a '​Tumbleweed'​ offering, which is a rolling distro... and is therefore another no-no these days for me!) It is a pleasure to be back in the arms of KDE, with wobbling windows, desktop cubes, good looks and a sense of the modern!
  
 +I've put together [[wiki:​linux:​installopensuse15|a little article]] about how I did my post-installation tweaking, should anyone be interested (or should I need to do it again in the future... which given my propensity to switch OSes isn't beyond the realms of probability!)
  
-{{tag>​linux ubuntu kde mate}}+{{tag>​linux ubuntu ​opensuse ​kde mate}}
  
  
  
  
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