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Windows 7: Makulu Linux 6.0 KDE: Guaranteed to make you smile

25 Jun 2014   #1
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Makulu Linux 6.0 KDE: Guaranteed to make you smile

Another Makulu Linux distribution was released today, and that's always good news! This time it is the KDE desktop for the Makulu 6.x series. The Xfce version of this was just released a couple of weeks ago, so I don't expect for there to be any major surprises: I hope that means this will not be a very lengthy post.

As usual, the release announcement gives a good overview of the what and why in this release. The most important specifics are that it is built on Linux kernel 3.14.7 and KDE SC 4.13.1. The download images are available from the Makulu Linux KDE page, it is a 32-bit (i686) build that is approximately 1.7GB in size. It is a hybrid ISO, so you can burn it to disk or dump it with dd to a USB stick, and it does not support UEFI boot.

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27 Jun 2014   #2

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there

For KDE desktops IMO only OPENSUSE is probably worth while these days -- it's concentrating more than anyone else on KDE and it does work really well. Linux Mint does a passable KDE desktop too -- but most Linux Mint users don't really use KDE a lot and it's still essentially a "Bolt on" for other Distros than OPENSUSE.

OPENSUSE with KDE has the whole package nicely integrated -- what also is good about OPENSUSE's implementation is that if you do need any applications that say come originally from the GNOME desktop (GPARTED for example) they work seamlessly on the KDE desktop without needing the entire GNOME / other desktop interface to be installed either.

I'm not saying KDE is the best desktop -- for Windows users it's probably the most "Windows like" although as with all Linux distros you can do a lot of customisation.

If you DO want KDE then I suggest using OPENSUSE - the only downside is that it's an RPM based distro but package installation on pretty well all Linuxes is a lot better now and if you are used to apt -get type of commands OPENSUSE now has the equivalent - called ZYPPER - almost identical.

(OPENSUSE supports UEFI if you want it and of course a 64 bit system as well as 32 but systems -- and it's easy to create a bootable external device so you don't have to change anything on your internal HDD or muck about with boot menus).

BTW Here's my post on creating a Portable Windows 7 system (or any version of Windows) using OPENSUSE 13.1 KDE.

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