Kubuntu 16.04 vs 14.04

Like most of us, I’ve lost things stored on my computer from time to time. This has made me more than a bit obsessive about backing up stuff I consider critical.

I also know that the average life of most electronics is about five years. Few hard disk drives give a three year warranty while most only give a year.

With that in mind, I’ve developed a strategy that works in conjunction with cloud storage to minimize the chance of a catastrophic loss of data.

Every couple of years or so, I purchase a new hard disk drive (HDD) for about a hundred dollars. I will unplug both of the HHDs in my tower, connect the new HDD, and install the latest version of my favorite Operating System (OS), Kubuntu.

Which brings us to this… I was very happy to get my new 3Tb HDD in the mail and immediately installed and format the drive with the latest Long-Term-Support version of Kubuntu, 16.04.

Worked with 16.04 for three days and must say, I’m terribly disappointed.

It appears as if the primary focus of the Plasma development team was to make an OS for a tablet, not a desktop. The overall look and feel is crude to say the least. Icons looks like they were created for a 1980s game system and several features have been removed.

I’m afraid Kubuntu 16.04 may well turn out to be Canonical’s answer to Windows8.

In the meantime, Kubuntu 14.04 will be supported until 2019. I’m hoping they get it right for the 18.04 LTS release. If not, I’ll probably recommend some of flavors, such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint.

As always, this is only my opinion and your mileage may vary. I’d love to hear of your experiences with other Operating Systems.

2 Responses to “Kubuntu 16.04 vs 14.04”

  1. I upgraded from 14.04 two weeks ago and I’m dissaponted too.
    I feel like going from KDE 4 to 5 was worse than going from 3 to 4, because this time I didn’t see it coming.
    When in tried to upgrade past april, I read that they make us wait until 16.04.01. “That’s good”, I thought, “more time means more stability and more polishing”. It wasn’t.
    I hope 16.04.02 or .03 bring back al the lost functionality. When I see that, I will upgrade my wife’s notebook.

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