Kubuntu came about when Ubuntu switched to the Unity desktop environment as a KDE based alternative, which as Linux.com points out caused much disgust due to bugs at launch and a less than attractive interface. The newest version now uses the Plasma 5 environment, the first release to do so, replacing version 4 which has been in use almost decade now. This distro still uses Dolphin as its file manager but now uses Simple Desktop Display Manager (SDDM) instead of KDM. It also incorporates systemd, with these two changes users of Arch Linux will feel right at home. Check out the review for a list of the programs it ships with as well as the ones that Linux.com added after the fact to make Kubuntu work best for their machines.
"The latest version of Kubuntu, 15.04, aka Vivid Vervet was released last week and it's available for free download. With this release it has become the first major distro to ship Plasma 5 as the default desktop environment."
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The title seems to be wrong.
The title seems to be wrong. Kubuntu is moving on to the Plasma 5 environment from the previous version, Plasma 4. Both are part of the KDE project. The move is from KDE series 4 to series 5. KDE is not been dropped.
Sorry about that, not double
Sorry about that, not double checking my titles.
The title doesn’t make since
The title doesn’t make since at all, since Plasma 5 is just the codename for the newest version KDE.
Also, Kubuntu has been around
Also, Kubuntu has been around since 2005, long before Unity was adopted as a GNOME replacement.
And kubuntu was first
And kubuntu was first introduced in 5.04 six years before ubuntu switched from gnome to unity.
And like said, they did not drop kde. Newest kde is:
Plasma 5 – Graphical shell.
KDE Frameworks 5 – libraries and software frameworks replaces kdelibs4.
KDE applications 15.04 – all kde applications, can be build for kdelibs4(kde4/qt4) or kde frameworks(“kde5″/qt5).
Oh and kdm is deprecated, kde uses now sddm.