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Sean Wheller
Jan 06 2007
Moving to Kubuntu
Saturday, 06 January 2007
Well finally my first post of 2007.

This year started with a complete reinstall of my network. I have switched all servers over to Ubuntu and my desktop over to Kubuntu. So far I am happy with the switch. My motivation for switching, after using SuSE for so many years, was two fold.

First, ever since Novell took hold of SuSE upgrades to successive versions had become increasingly worse. Then came the Novell Microsoft deal.
So far, the move to Ubuntu/Kubuntu has been good. I think my general familiarity with the distro has helped to make the transition easier. One thing for sure is that Kubuntu does run a lot faster than SuSE on the desktop. Probably just because Kubuntu does not start so many services by default. In  SuSE I always had to install and then configure the system not to start stuff I was not going to use. One of the major benefits I am enjoying is being able to use apt-get.

Complete version upgrades with SuSE were always a RPITA. Now, I actually enjoy them.

In the process of redoing the servers, I wanted to install a groupware solution. The server was installed with Ubuntu Dapper and I wanted to install a groupware solution. I decided on egroupware, but found that installation from Dapper repositories had problems. So I did a dist-upgrade to edgy-eft and within a few minutes I was running a completely new version of Ubuntu on the server. The install of egroupware went smooth and I was also able to configure things like Apache, Samba, MySQL and Postfix just as easily.

One of the other great things I have found about using Ubuntu/Kubuntu is the amount of information available on the Internet. There are literally millions of posts, on one subject or another, that are specifically related to the distro. Most helpful when you find yourself configuring stuff and getting stuck.

As a person who writes documentation for a living this is encouraging, it proves that one of the main factors contributing to a distro's success is the documentation it has to offer. If I think back, this is what made me actually buy my first copy of SuSE.

Anyway, let's see how we do with Ubuntu/Kubuntu in 2007.

Happy New Year everyone.
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