First Look: Kubuntu Edgy Eft Beta

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I'm breaking with tradition at Tectonic. We usually review Ubuntu, the Gnome desktop version from the Canonical/Ubuntu team that brought us winning operating systems like Warty Warthog, Hoary Hedgehog, and Breezy Badger. And, according to my last review, a loser like Dapper Drake. This time I'm reviewing Kubuntu Edgy Eft, the KDE version of the latest Ubuntu release.

I came down hard on Dapper Drake - and received much ire from the community because of it - simply because it was aimed at the corporate market. I felt (and still feel) that it didn't have the polish to really go up against the likes of Suse and Microsoft for the big-spend, big-rollout environments.

Edgy Eft's goals are quite different. As the name suggests it's meant to be at the leading edge of technology, including numerous betas in its package lineup and some rather experimental technology and ideas.

Initially, I tried to upgrade using the alternate CD from Breezy to Edgy, but ran straight into bugs with conflicting packages. Okay, it's beta and I wasn't installing onto a clean system. Rather than spending the rest of my life fixing this one problem, I backed up the home directory and went for a clean install.

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