A couple of days ago the Beta 2 of what will be ** Kubuntu 15.04 ** came out and it has left an excellent taste in my mouth after a few minutes of testing. Let's take a look at some of the more interesting things to come across in this Beta.
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The Power of KDE
Perhaps the most important change that ** Kubuntu 15.04 ** brings us is that they put the security and stability of KDE 4.X aside to open their hands to ** Plasma 5 **. I don't remember which version of Kubuntu came with KDE 4.0 for the first time, but what I will never forget is that it was a complete disaster due to the instability of the desktop at the time.
With ** Plasma 5 **, although we are always prone to something similar, I don't think it will be like on that occasion. Those of us who have been testing ** Plasma 5 ** since its inception have seen how it has matured little by little and the details that are still really missing are very small. Perhaps the most annoying is that some applications, like Pidgin, do not show the icon in the system tray. But without a doubt some of the advantages and improvements that ** Plasma 5 ** will bring us in ** Kubuntu 15.04 ** will make us forget those things.
Since we got to the * Login * screen, we can see the aesthetic care that the KDE developers have had thanks to the new * Team * in charge of the image and design of this Desktop Environment. The same appearance that we find on the lock screen:
When accessing the Desktop I think the first thing we will notice is how "minimalist" it is, and without a doubt it looks beautiful, although for color tastes. An example of this is the KDE Applications menu which is sober, elegant and very * flat *.
And for those who prefer dark themes in Plasma, then * Breeze * (the new theme for the Desktop), also provides us with the * Dark * version:
Another detail that I liked about the * Live CD * of this Beta is that they have only included the necessary GTK applications, in this case ** LibreOffice ** and ** Mozilla Firefox **. In addition, the default font is ** Oxygen Font **, a font designed specifically for KDE, although it doesn't quite convince me with the system's default * anti-aliasing *, and I always end up putting another one. They also added to the KDE Preferences Center, the option to see the data of our team:
Returning to ** Plasma 5 ** and its novelties, now an * applet * is included in the panel to control the audio players:
And in the case of ** Kubuntu 15.04 **, another * applet * is added to launch KDE Telepathy which is quite useful:
On the other hand, in ** Plasma 5 ** they have taken (in my opinion) a step backwards by incorporating floating notifications in the form of bubbles, which are not configurable at all. These once they disappear can be viewed on the panel as usual.
I say that it is a step backwards because with KDE4, you can * detach * the notifications from the panel and they are given the same shape (in bubble), but we have the option to do it or not. Either way, they look really good.
Other interesting details of Kubuntu 15.04
Testing the * LiveCD * I found some other details that I found interesting, such as ** Kubuntu includes a new GTK Theme called Orion ** that has its variant for GTK2 and GKT3 applications. Also, it adds a new graphical style for KDE called * Fusion *.
Another thing that caught my attention was that while I was writing in ** Kate **, I was logged out. When I came back in I opened ** Kate ** again resigned that I had taken a lot of notes and hadn't saved, but I came across this:
It not only allowed me to see the Before / After changes, but it allowed me to recall what I had written, or I could forget about it. What do you think? If this was already there before, I just had it for breakfast 😉
As you can see in the screenshot, among the notes that I was pointing as * something negative in this beta *, is that LibreOffice needs a little more affection since the integration with KDE is not entirely bad, but in the menu we do not know when we we stop on some option.
And to finish this part, I have to acknowledge some details that are to be appreciated. First, that although many other distributions have changed the mount point of devices to * / run / media / user / device / *, Kubuntu keeps the mount point at * / media / user / device / *. Another plus point is that it includes KDE Connect to interact with our system through an Android phone.
Kubuntu 15.04 Conclusions
Despite the short testing time, I think ** Kubuntu 15.04 ** is ready and ready to receive ** Plasma 5 **. After KaOS, right now Kubuntu 15.04 would be the other * pro Plasma5 * distribution that I would recommend to any friend. For now, I will wait for the final version to test again and confirm if I am right with my opinion.
Anyway, the best thing you can do is try it yourself, so I leave you the link for download: