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was thinking to analyze the use of Ubuntu 13.04, but why, if account is basically the same as always . Save me (or I will save for the next LTS, which is of interest) recommending instead an excellent article published in LSDH (The shadow of the helicopter) with which I agree almost fully: for me it’s a major improvement in the performance compared to Ubuntu 12.04 Unity, not stability (if I have not gone twenty times the error message for one reason or another I have not gone any), and to continue using the free ATI drivers my computer would been reduced to ashes. But yes, Unity has improved to a point more than acceptable . Is, in fact, begins to experience enjoyed. However, Ubuntu has a problem that is not called Unity, GNOME is called, or, better, GTK +. That does not have to be a problem for many people, of course. But what makes a ‘kdeero’ lost in ‘Gtkland’? Suffer first. In the end … We’ll see.
Stating that “this” will of applications, and needless to say that in Ubuntu I can use any KDE application, but lose much grace experience that in Firefox and LibreOffice has its most brilliant exponents. Open the file browser , the renovated and renamed Nautilus, now called Files, Files in Spanish, is different. Compare with Dolphin would be very unfair. Even so, I think that the lack of a rule set was one of his weaknesses, now at least the interface is nicer and consistent in sight, while still losing options with each release. Let’s say I’m content with “Files”, I pays to install Thunar or PCManFM.
The next thing is the open music player , I can not be without a guitar playing background, and I find the archaic Rhythmbox interface, which otherwise complies well with its function and my needs, mainly listening to my local music collection, playlists, radio and podcast. Bearing these requirements in mind Banshee could try, but the same dog with different collar, the collar only weighs a lot more and a monkey pulls it. Overall, look for alternatives, but not entirely satisfying.
I’ll start Audacious in his incarnation GTK, lightweight and very competent, but radio and podcasts, so I could check (to see if we are lucky and someone corrects me) are, respectively, little features comfortable or impossible to find in this player. I give then the opportunity to Nightingale and Miro, both with new version recently, but not convince me, one (Miro) because it is “too” all-in-expression and the other (Nightingale) because it reaffirms the good feelings the other day.
At this point we must recognize that the killer app is the leading KDE Amarok , and second would be another Qt application as Clementine. There are enough players / managers GTK + decent music, but to those who like a thing fails him another. After trying Exaile, which is still the best-gmusicbrowser and Quod Libet, back to Audacious, at least for now. Except for this, the more I was convinced Rhythmbox , you see.
I like music so does the film and series, so the following is the cover video player , and there’s nothing to do. To me sacks SMPlayer and I get lost, so do not seek alternative where, as I have understood, there is not. To see if one day I talk about SMPlayer because it gives me the feeling that many users are “always” with VLC (great estardarte of Open Source, Qt also) and the “mask” Mplayer most famous has nothing to envy.
files, music and video’s turn to find a good viewer / image manager . Nothing too complicated, but as similar as possible to Gwenview , which is the one I am used to and meets all my requirements. By default Ubuntu has to Eye of Gnome (now “Image Viewer”) as Shotwell as simple viewer and manager. In my opinion, the first is slow and heavy for what it offers, the second simpler than the mechanism of a jug, which is not always negative offer me what I need, it does not.
seek only choose GPicView viewer , default LXDE desktop tool, light, with good looks and a few more of the right options, but as I have very short I found a good replacement in gThumb . It is the fastest of the West, but serves its purpose. By this I’m almost at ease.
so lucky with the text editor , gedit. Compared to KWrite pales in comparison with Kate vanishes. Some improvement with the installation (mandatory package!) Of gedit-plugins , but remaining. Another sinkhole in my way, because everything I find is either plain text editors with similar characteristics, or developing applications targeting pure and simple, and you are short and the other is passed. Kate Something like Notepad + + or no? See if you discover me with this also something that I’m a bit lost. Meanwhile, try to put up with the bug.
step in finding the set of GTK + is suitable news reader , or what is the same, replace Akregator with Liferea . And except for one little detail more annoying than important, the truth is that I have no complaint. You could try someone else, but I need more (by request, a renovated Lightread face of what it could do, same for Akregator).
continue through valleys and mountains with social applications , but at this point maybe you can help me too. And is that the integration of online accounts in Ubuntu is fine, but what good are webapps ? What good is having a botonazo to open a new window with Gmail, Twitter, or not even that? Really this are applications of “first class” as stated at the time? Because I do not feel so.
We run a veil and go to the desktop, where it shines nothing. Among other things, because nothing is installed by default. Neglects Ubuntu Gwibber monster but does not include any substitute. At first I’m content with microblogging client work with Identi.ca, Twitter and multiaccounting support, and the best thing I find is Turpial. But it gives me a lot of mistakes. Out of curiosity I try also with Friends, but is very green (yes, watch out for the speed and integration with Unity, promising), so with Hotot, which does not look bad but again it’s half-baked … and has been for the last almost a year (like Qt version). In the end, I’ll see if I solve my problems with Turpial because Polly , a very interesting style client TweetDeck to comply with almost everything I need (much like TweetDeck), only works with Twitter .
add Facebook or other social media to the equation because then it really gets the murky affair. But the same happens in KDE in these terms. Except Choqok , which is still the best despite little movement has had lately, we must assemble a “Frankenstein” to control everything. Windows could also include in this bag, for that matter. In other words, in this social applications and desktop integration should improve all.
Another critical piece
could not miss in this comparison is the IM . However, Empathy has always gone ahead, it is very convenient to use. Do not need anything else. That, miss, there is Pidgin. Now, I want to flip the tortilla to mention the significant improvement in KDE Telepathy 0.6, which came out a few weeks ago (a story we missed) and that it has little to envy the pioneer. In fact, it was this latter version which made me abandon Kopete, which has been my messenger since I started using Linux, no less (Note: do not use e-mail client, that I jump, but to do so would betting on Thunderbird).
What we would be filled to complete a set of basic applications “at the height” of a good ‘kdeero’ (without special tools)? In my case, I am of simple uses could include Ktorrent , which does not make it better or worse than Transmission (also with Qt version), but I find it very convenient to search directly from your application which, incidentally, is actually completed (I mean KTorrent). In any case, Transmission for his role diligently, I like.
To finish, missing the tip to give me details functionality I’m used to in KDE (still only talking about tools). A scathing examples would be: clipboard manager, that although there is none that reach Klipper , Parcellite or Clipit can solve the ballot; Seahorse to manage my keys and passwords , a screen, the terminal … Everyone will have their needs clearly.
is possible that this article, written at a time when many seem to have fixed his lair in KDE after fleeing over ‘Gnomeland’ than ‘Gtkland’, should have been done the other way around, ie KDE recommending alternative applications that these users used in Ubuntu or any desktop environment based on the GTK +, but as I am now doing the opposite … Best first-hand experiences, right? In any case, you just have to flip the text to find a few of the alternatives KDE. And I’m in the most basic or less than, let’s not get too with not being able to configure things as you want at the desk because there is not much to add to what is already known: with few exceptions, there is always shortage of options … and a bit clumsy GUIs (this can not escape Qt / KDE per se, eye).
recap,’m not entirely happy with the change of applications from one desktop to another, but the only piece of the puzzle that I have seen impossible replace has been interestingly, something as minor as a video player. I give a song in the teeth. Moreover, the workflow can be achieved with Unity I find acceptable, leaving a general feeling quite positive overall.
this billet, therefore, as pure entertainment geek around, then pretend nothing. If anything, find some alternative to lying in the repositories of most distros, but I doubt (I stay in the area if not it never ends). The funny thing is that although each ‘kdeero’ is a world in regards to desktop configuration, in critical applications will match more. As a final note, I doubt that an experienced user of KDE arises leave, I at least I do not, but Ubuntu / Unity, which I used as an example in this post, I liked it, and as it comes with baggage GTK +, about I girded.
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