I have been running Linux Mint for some time now.
A good friend – Kirk – suggested I try it initially, and I have been using it ever since.
I was talking to Kirk the other night and we got onto the topic of Mint 10 KDE which has been imminent for some time. He gave me the address from which to download it, which I promptly did. However, Kirk suggested I just update my existing KDE to 4.6.00, as I only wanted to have a look to see if it was worth switching over from Gnome. He gave me the address for the software repository ( ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports ) which I duly entered.
That was when the fun began.
I ran a check to see if there were any updates, knowing that there would be some, as I was running and old version of KDE. It came up with a list of 380 updates! The following morning, I told it to install the updates, but it refused, saying that I had a broken package. Unfortunately it didn’t tell me which one.
I hunted the Internet for a solution to my broken package problem and found several suggestions, none of which worked. One of the suggestions had been to run Aptitude and supposedly it would at least tell me which package was at fault. It didn’t but during the process I must have hit a wrong key somewhere because it suddenly announced that it was installing and uninstalling a list of programs. I don’t know where that came from!
To my disgust, one of the programs that Aptitude removed was Oracle VM VirtualBox which I use a lot. I tried reinstalling it from Software Manager, but it steadfastly refused. In the end, I downloaded the package and manually installed it.
At this stage, I was more or less back where I started, but still was none the wiser about broken packages. I decided to install updates a block at a time, selecting just twenty updates. That worked. The strange thing though was that I worked my way through the entire list of 380, and not one update failed. Weird?
With all the updates installed, I tried to run KDE by logging out and logging in again. No go. For some reason, I was only presented with Gnome as an option. Back to the drawing board.
I can’t remember the exact details, but my next step was to install KDE 4.6.00 directly from Kubuntu. That worked. At last.
KDE 4.6.00 running Windows 7 within VirtualBox
I used KDE for the rest of the day, and it was good. There were a lot of features I liked, but I won’t be using it. My distro download (which is now officially released) is tucked away for emergencies, but I won’t be installing it. Why not? Partly because I am so used to Gnome at this stage, but mainly because I found KDE to be a lot slower despite this laptop having 4Gb of memory.
Where I would recommend Linux Mint 10 KDE though is for someone who would like to try a Linux distro but is afraid of it being too different from Windows. KDE 4.6.00 is a lot closer to Windows than Gnome, and would be an excellent introduction to Linux.