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<April 2014>

(K)Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr is here and will be supported
for 5 years. New versions of the 'guide will now be written for LTS
releases only, which have been stable and reliable. Other releases
seem experimental and too short-lived to be worth exploration
(except by adventurous avant-garde users).

<Feb 2014>

I got bored this month, so I started watching movies about
the history of Linux:

<April 2013>

With the semiannual releases, I am finding many of the frequent changes
to both Kubuntu and Ubuntu too fast and too numerous to catalogue. Many
of the changes I do not use and the "Web 3.0" philosophy of a pop-up for
every screen has brought some of the greatest security risks to Internet
use (due to the excessive scripting), IMO. For this reason I am very slow
to use (K)Ubuntu versions that are not LTS versions (Precise or Trusty), and
the contents of this guide may fail to reflect the changes (especially in the
Ubuntu sections) of the current versions for that reason. If you are a user
of Saucy, Utopic, or later versions, please add your knowledge to the wiki,
as most of the current information has stalled, somewhat, at Precise.

I am now starting to evaluate the new Ubuntu Unity. IMO Ubuntu Unity has
always been less powerful than Kubuntu's KDE, and it takes more memory
to run. Still, Canonical owns the Unity interface, so they market it more
aggressively, and project a large installation base on consumer devices,
such as the Ubuntu Edge, in the upcoming year.

<May 2012>

(K)Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin is here and will be supported for
5 years! I have now installed Kubuntu on multiple machines and they are
now all are working and very stable. I needed the usual battery of tweaks
and workarounds, with two new obstacles appearing (one in Grub2 and the
other in the Dolphin file manager). See my full review here.

<Feb 2012>

This month the lead developer of Kubuntu announced that Canonical will
no longer fund Kubuntu as a standalone distribution (and will merely
allow KDE packages to be available in the repositories as add-ons).
This allows Canonical to focus on its own Unity user interface desktop
in its bid to deploy a commercially successful platform on new hardware.

In the past year the Mint distribution (which customises its own user
interfaces) started the move from Ubuntu to Debian (for some versions).
Will other users now switch from Ubuntu to Debian,
merely adding the KDE desktop to it? Debian has had a reputation for
being rock-solid and stable and Debian-based servers are now (as of
Jan 2012) the most deployed type of Linux server worldwide
(and Linux/Unix servers account for > 66% of all websites).
Some Ubuntu advocates claim that Debian does not always
use the most cutting-edge software versions (for better or worse)
but other comparisons suggest a more reliable upgrade mechanism
for Debian (probably due to the very nature of their conservative
package choices). Will some users alternatively perhaps try
OpenSuse (touted by some as the best KDE-oriented distro)? Maybe,
but some OpenSuse packages (KTorrent, for example) have a reputation
for restrictions based on commercial, licensing, and other legal
considerations and have been eschewed by some for this reason.

I have always maintained a Debian partition and will see how
closely I can replicate Kubuntu using Debian and a KDE desktop.

<Feb 2012>

Ok, I've finally joined the tablet craze. Everyone in my family now has
tablets. We have low-end tablets/eBook readers without camera, mic, or
Bluetooth connectivity (and therefore no wireless keyboard) and also
without the ability to add devices like USB CD drives / USB hard drives.

Having such a tablet creates new challenges and a greater need for
servers, especially file servers (such as FTP). Fortunately, this is
where both (K)Ubuntu and Debian excel. Debian-based servers are now
(as of Jan 2012) the most deployed type of Linux server worldwide
(and server functionality is built into the desktop versions of
both Debian and (K)Ubuntu).

To accommodate the displays and functionalities of the tablets, I have
revised the appearance of (K)Ubuntuguide for easier navigation,
faster loading, and flexibility of presentation: in icon-based
tablet/netbook style, in full-page text style (the original format),
and in eBook style (.epub format).

<Jan 2012>

This month I merged KubuntuGuide and UbuntuGuide on the
University of Latvia server. I had been maintaining both separately
since 2007, mostly because I did not have access to the Univ. of
Latvia server files until recently (I had had KubuntuGuide hosted
on my own servers for some time). Thanks to Krampo for giving
me access.

There are some problems with the Univ. of Latvia servers, of course
(which I did not have on my servers). Their caching proxy configuration
is quirky and has caused frustration for the contributors to this
wiki for some time. Nevertheless, they have 100% "up-time" and good
bandwidth. Furthermore, they have registered the domain
name for a decade and seem to be committed to the 'Guide.

KubuntuGuide and UbuntuGuide share a certain amount of common
content, so the merger also allows less editorial work. Further, there
is cross-visibility between these two varieties of the Ubuntu OS
family this way, which IMO is desirable. At the time of this writing,
Kubuntu is (IMO) the more stable and flexible OS version, while the
Unity version of Ubuntu is the most suitable for (eventual) deployment
on tablets, which seems (to me) to be the goal (as a highly-
developed alternative to Google Android). With this in mind, I will
focus in the upcoming month in making (K)Ubuntuguide more suitable
for viewing on both desktop/laptop and tablet/netbook screens.

<Oct 2011>

Spam is rampant on the Internet. Fortunately, this month
Krampo has given me access to the wiki files,
and I have now installed the anti-spam MediaWiki extensions
in order to combat the endless spam that was plaguing this
site (like many other websites). I have also installed a new
Captcha mechanism, since the (old) Recaptcha was too-easily
defeated by spammers. Please note that it is not the anti-spam
mechanisms that slow/inhibit the ease of contributions; it is the
caching proxy that is used by the University of Latvia servers
that causes all the problems (something that is out of my control).
Krampo assures me that work is underway at the Univ. of Latvia
Linux Center to revise their servers (and efficiency). Please be

<Nov 2007>

I (Perspectoff) have taken over the maintenance and editing of
Ubuntuguide due to the unreadabiliy of current content and the amount of
spam that continues to appear on the wiki. As far as I can tell there is no
active administrator or editor for the site, and it has fallen into disarray.
I took over Kubuntuguide a few months ago, and intend in the future to make
Kubuntuguide and Ubuntuguide similar in format, since they share many basic
characteristics (and underlying packages).

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