Tuesday, July 19, 2011

King of KDistros

Alright, so I have been trying to make up my mind about which distro is the best KDE implementation at the moment, but it´s not easy! I checked out some articles out there, but I always felt they were too biased towards this or that distro, or simply incomplete. As such, I would like to get your thoughts on which KDE distros are the current best, then pick 3 or 4 out of those and review them head to head.

Please pick your choice(s) and vote on the poll I created to this effect. Once the poll closes, I will download the latest releases from the four distros with most votes and put together my review.

Thanks for your help... Now vote away!


  1. That is an interesting thing, voting now!!!

  2. I seew now, you should really consider also Mandriva, Mageia and Mepis, because they are also KDE centric.

  3. Thanks for your comments, David!

    I was hesitant to include Chakra because of it is a very young project, but it´s one of the most active and already doing very impressive stuff. Mageia is even younger, and according to my testing, it is still way too close to Mandriva to say something relevant. I think it should moving forward, though.

    Mandriva has suffered many company changes and its development is not that significant. I think PCLinuxOS can pretty much cover its legacy with more interesting features and a better KDE implementation.

    As for Mepis, well, I have never tried it, but I don´t think it´s as popular or as rapidly growing as some of the names in my list?

    My point being, I am sure everyone will have another name that I should have captured, but I think that list already incorporates a meaningful KDE distro sample with plenty of variety.

    Can´t wait to see the winners!

  4. I voted PCLinuxOS. I suppose I am partial to it since it was my first Linux distro, however, of the many KDE based setups I've used, PCLinuxOS felt like the most well put-together and integrated distro.

  5. Anyone who hasn't used all of the distros listed really shouldn't be voting IMO ;)

  6. Fedora has a very good KDE spin as well. Of those listed, I think OpenSuse is the best.

  7. @JeffHoogland: That would be the best way to do it, no doubt, but I think 2 or 3 votes is all I'd get!

    Ryan: I agree that Fedora does a good job, but I think of it more like a GNOME distro, even more so now, when they invested so much into GNOME3.

  8. Best way personally, is search on distro-watch and use KDE as one of the search options. That way you can download and virtually try ones that interest you. Then install the one that suits you best.

  9. Debian KDE and aptosid are also left out. I think aptosid would be a very strong contender for a KDE centric distro.

  10. Escaping from Unity/GNOME3 hell I recently also tried several KDE distros and so far the ones I like the most are Mandriva and Pardus. I also quite liked PCLinuxOS

  11. Hey Chema,
    i like your blog and this is going to be off topic but i'd like to read a review from you about AriOS (arioslinux.org)
    Keep up the good work!

  12. Hi, Davide,

    Thanks for your comments. I have checked arioslinux.org out and I will certainly give it a spin, but if it is based over Ubuntu 11.04 and Unity (getting that from the screenshots), I must admit it´s already starting on the wrong foot for me.

    I will check it out nevertheless, thanks!