Kubuntu 8.04 ('Hardy Heron')
Followers of my blog may have wondered -- around the end of April -- why I never made any comments about 8.04 / 'Hardy Heron'. There are two reasons for that. The first was: It was really really bad. I'm not enough of a zealot to gloss over that and ignore it: I'll speak my mind even on things I've traditionally endorsed, and it was a load of crap. Why? KDE4. That brings me to the second reason I did not post about it: upgrading my main workstation was such a disaster, I didn't have the time to blog about it.
Even when updating Windows between major versions I've never seen this much trouble. It took me near a week to get the machine to a workable configuration (by tweaking low-level configuration files -- no less -- and fixing x.org). The fancy desktop effects rendered the GUI completely unusable: I had to boot from a live CD and reconfigure X.
So, what do I see on slashdot today? Why, the release of KDE 4.1, of course. Instead of the usual ooh, goody that normally -- for me -- accompanies a new KDE release, my reaction was what do I have to lose by upgrading.
I'll give the kubuntu upgrade packages a shot, and see how it goes. But if it goes to hell, I'm downgrading to 7.10 and staying there for a while. Or I just might switch to GNOME if it involves less reinstalling. Hardy on GNOME was very pretty and very functional in the VM I installed it to. Who knows?