Kubuntu 7.04 - Is the the distro for those coming from a Windows background?

Summary:The other day I posted a question which asked "Which is best - Ubuntu or Kubuntu?" Interestingly one of the most popular replies that I got was "it depends." With this phrase in mind I decided to take Kubuntu for a spin and see for myself which I preferred.

The other day I posted a question which asked "Which is best - Ubuntu or Kubuntu?"  Interestingly one of the most popular replies that I got was "it depends."  With this phrase in mind I decided to take Kubuntu for a spin and see for myself which I preferred.

Kubuntu

The first thing that struck me about Kubuntu is that while Ubuntu reminded me of Mac OS X, Kubuntu reminds me of Windows (maybe Windows 2000/XP).  It looks good.  I know it's just cosmetic and that under the hood Ubuntu and Kubuntu are the same thing, but the application of a brighter, clearer UI and a task bar makes using Kubuntu look and feel more "normal." 

Don't get me wrong, I like Ubuntu (quite a lot as it happens) but for me, coming from a Windows background, Kubuntu feels like it has less of a learning curve, and when adopting a new OS, that's an important consideration.  I think that bportlock was right, those coming from a Windows background might well find the K-desktop more familiar.

Next I'll be taking a look at how Ubuntu/Kubuntu react to different hardware configurations.  Stay tuned.

The galley of my tour around Kubuntu can be found here.

Read my first thoughts on Ubuntu 7.04 here.

Topics: Windows

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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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