Ubuntu 9.04 Looking Good—But a Bit Buggy

April 27, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Trends

Or at least the “Kubuntu” variant of the Linux-based OS. Last Thursday saw the release of Ubuntu 9.04 (code named “Jaunty Jackalope”), but TuxArena’s focus on Kubuntu should interest anyone looking to upgrade or switch from another OS—the variant is after all, Ubuntu running on a different interface. But just to be clear, take it away enthusiast!


First of all, Kubuntu was always known as Ubuntu’s little brother, since it was based on KDE and opinions were always different regarding its stability. Some say Kubuntu was always a buggy distribution, and probably the worst KDE-based distribution out there, while for others it works very well. Since Kubuntu shares the same repositories with Ubuntu and the KDE packages come from Debian Sid (the unstable Debian repositories), this can be understandable, especially that usually the Ubuntu community focuses on GNOME.


In any case, those OS screenshots are looking nice, presenting an interface that’s clean, minimalist, yet naturally interesting. Unfortunately, it seems 9.04 has some kinks that need to be resolved; bugs are disrupting the otherwise smooth flow of the systen, The problem is that the solutions apparently require intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the OS. I mean, can you understand this?

- before flash was working after upgrade it was broken, you could hear audio and part of video or no video at all:
what helped:
apt-get install gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg
apt-get remove flashplugin-* –purge
apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
why did I have to do this…?
read more here:

Ack! Too long; my idiot layman brain didn’t comprehend. The perception that only knowledgeable geeks can get Linux working continues.

(image screenshot of Kubuntu 9.04)

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One Response to “Ubuntu 9.04 Looking Good—But a Bit Buggy”
  1. Jamie says:

    Ok so Kubuntu is looking SWEEEEEET!

    It makes me laugh that Microsoft always seems to be a step behind when it comes to the look. I mean look at the above and also at Mac OS X. True that the mainstream becomes common, but Kubuntu is looking sexy.

    However the bugs is what puts me off OS’s like this. Which is why I don’t really use Linux on my main computer these days. As it goes I use mac os x

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