[Techtalk] What distro?

Anne Wainwright anotheranne at fables.co.za
Tue Oct 19 07:35:59 UTC 2010

Hello, Little Girl,

A brief top-post to note that in ubuntu-gnome you can install any kde
programme thru apt-get and it will install (a whole bag full)
appropriate dependencies so that the kde programme will run. I have
several with no issues.

But then you all knew that.


On Mon, 18 Oct 2010 17:52:36 -0400
Little Girl <littlergirl at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey there,
> L J L wrote:
> > Little Girl wrote:
> > > L J L wrote:
> > > [Run command or Run application]
> > > Ah, yes, it's GNOME it's missing from. KDE always has it. (:
> > Ah.  Well, probably part why I don't really care for Gnome... But
> > it's all personal taste in that.
> Yep, same here, but I haven't yet given it a fair chance, so maybe
> I would like it. 
> > > You know that you can make Kubuntu look just like Ubuntu, right?
> > > Both are pretty well interchangeable when it comes to looks as
> > > long as you're willing to play around with their themes, colors,
> > > icons, and other settings for a while.
> > Yeah, but I actually tried both, and found both very annoying to
> > change easily other than purely cosmetic stuff.  The apparent
> > difference between them is what window manager is the default, and
> > you can always specify another, but the tools aren't always there.
> Agreed. Also, there are certain programs in KDE that I've become
> attached to. One (KXStitch - a cross stitch pattern designing and
> editing program) doesn't exist at all in GNOME, one or two are
> different in GNOME than they are in KDE (with Kjots, Kolourpaint,
> and Akregator being prime examples of programs whose every detail
> isn't duplicated in the GNOME offerings). GNOME, on the other hand,
> has way more panel applets, and some of them are far nicer than the
> ones offered by KDE. But in the end I've got warm fuzzies for the KDE
> programs.
> > > They restored enough original functionality to convince me that,
> > > after a bit of tweaking, I should be able to get comfortable in
> > > it. (:
> > Yaaay!
> Yes, I'm *so* happy to discover that! Thanks to the OP for starting
> this thread or I might not have even looked. Now that I've found what
> I want to upgrade to, I ordered a new CD/DVD drive to replace my
> broken one so the upgrade can commence. (:
> > >> Maybe they will figure out that the reason that people are
> > >> migrating away from Windows is because they don't *want* a dumbed
> > >> down interface...
> > > Heh, I didn't know that. I figured that most people make the
> > > switch for security reasons. I remember spending a good chunk of
> > > my time maintaining, updating, and running all sorts of
> > > anti-virus, anti-trojan, anti-spyware, anti-adware, and
> > > anti-other-horrible-stuff programs. Being able to just simply
> > > *use* my computer rather than dedicating myself to maintaining it
> > > was a novel concept for me when I first switched over to Kubuntu.
> > That too.  The AV, virus/trojan/spyware stuff is a nightmare, and 
> > Windows updates break things often.  Then running it is often BSOD
> > and corrupted files all over the place.
> I'd forgotten about those updates, and you're right that they often
> broke things. Didn't they also interrupt things without saving, too?
> > > There have to also be those who make the switch to save money. How
> > > much does Windows cost nowadays? I know quite a few people who
> > > have Windows even though the last price I remember for it was out
> > > of their league, which brings me to the next reason: those many
> > > who most likely have an illegal copy (which must be stressful). (:
> > I don't know, since I haven't actually bought a copy in years.  The
> > only Windows computer I own runs Win 2k.  Other than one provided
> > by a job, I've been running Linux on my systems - desktop and
> > laptop - for the last ten years.  The last time my roomies bought
> > an OEM XP license for a system they were building, it was somewhere
> > around $150.
> Yeah, and figure it goes up every year, so it's a good chunk of
> change now, I'm sure. You've been running Linux longer than me. I've
> been using it for about three years now, and loving every moment of
> it. (:

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