Kubuntu 17.04 review , a pleasing experience

Kubuntu 17.04 review , a pleasing experience

The Kubuntu team has released its letest version of KDE distro called Kubuntu 17.04, Codenamed “Zesty Zapus”. In  its latest version they have updated many core packages, including a new 4.10-based Linux kernel, KDE Frameworks 5.31, Plasma 5.9.4 and KDE Applications 16.12.3. The Kubuntu desktop has seen some  exciting improvements, with newer versions of Qt, updates to major packages like Krita, Kdenlive, Firefox and LibreOffice, and stability improvements to the Plasma desktop environment.

About Kubuntu
Kubuntu is a free, user-friendly special version of Linux distribution Ubuntu operating system based on K Destop (KDE). It has a biannual release cycle. Besides providing an up-to-date version of the KDE desktop at the time of the release, the project also releases updated KDE packages throughout the lifespan of each release.

Lifespan of Kubuntu 17.04 : 9 months

Kubuntu 17.04 Includes :

Theme – Breeze, Air and Oxygen
Number of Wallpaper included – 1
Vim – 8.0
Text Editor – Kate
Web Browser – Firefox 52.0.1
Email Client – KMail
Office – Libreoffice (5.3.1)
Python – Version 2.7.13
Video Player – Dragon Player
Music Player – Amarok
Codecs – NA (Have to install seperately)

Test Machine

  • Acer eMachine 732Z
  • Processor – Intel Pentium Dual Core 2nd Gen 2.16Ghz
  • RAM 4GB
  • Hard disk 30GB 5400RPM

Booting, CPU usage and Memory Management

Booting Time – 50 Sec
Shutdown Time – 5 Sec
CPU Uses (idle) – 0 to 5%
Memory (idle) – 350 to 380MB

Desktop Experience :

Kubuntu 17.04 is responsive, uses less ram, as we know graphically stunning(as using KDE). In 2 days of uses I come across multiple bugs Kmail crashes, some system crashes, despite crashes its seems to me stable enough for daily uses. Software Manager is not user friendly , For me Synaptic is best package manager for ubuntu based distros.

Kubuntu should have use thunderbird instead of Kmail and WPS office instead of Libra office , user experience will be quite good.

I have to installed some application like

  • Gimp
  • Filezilla
  • Chromium
  • VLC
  • Installed Codecs

and going to install

Overall Kubuntu experience is quite good, now I am  going to recommend it to my friends. If somebody ask for rating then I will give 7 out of 10.

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