Sunday, August 7, 2011

King of KDistros (Poll Results)

Alright, thanks to mobile technology, I was able to put together a very quick note to let you know how the King of KDE distros went.

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Yup, the four distros that gathered most votes are OpenSUSE (30%), Kubuntu (29%), PCLinuxOS (28%) and Pardus (15%), so those will be the ones I will review back to back. However, since I very recently REVIEWED PCLinuxOS 2011.6, I will not cover it again in so much detail and use the space to include Chakra in the comparison.

Now, that's officially it until I am back from holidays... As always, thanks to all who voted!



  1. That's funny, because the best implementation of KDE is usually found in Mandriva. How were those statistics done?

  2. Agree with Anonymous...Where is Mandriva?

  3. I didn't include Mandriva on purpose. It's been through a lot of turmoil in recent years and the distro is not what it used to be (IMHO), although it seems to be heading in the right direction now. Now, having said so, the strongest parts of Mandriva are represented by PCLinuxOS, so I don't think it's a massive miss.

    Please also note that I was after distros that are either KDE exclusive (Pardus, Chakra) or that are bringing something new and different to the table. I feel Mandriva is not in that wagon since some time ago.

    In any case, this is just something I am putting together which should be a meaningful orientation to those looking for a great KDE distro when it is complete. I am not trying to be the last and definitive word on the subject, because I don't believe such thing exists.

    Btw, those are not statistics, simply the results of readers votes during the last few weeks. It's actually their votes that decided which distros I will review to decide which one is best.

  4. And what about Mageia? It is young, but I'm using it with KDE, and it is fast and stable. About PCLinuxOS: it is great, but the apt/synaptic on an rpm based system is not that great,the urpmi in Mageia is far superior. If somebody is curious, I will give more details.
    Not to mention that it ranks at 15 position on Distrowatch's list, while Kubuntu is at 28. Even if this ranking is not really accurate, Mageia should be on this list.

  5. Talking distributions Kde and forget Mandriva is not very fair

    Mandriva ≠ PCLOS

    Despite the problems of the company last year (since resolved), Mandriva 2010 KDE is a very good version, very stable and efficient. In this screenshot : only 434 MB RAM with Nepomuk and composites effects activated

    Mandriva 2011 becomes a distribution with only KDE and will come with a lot of improvements you will not see somewhere else. Look here

    To make an effective survey of Kde distributions, you must take into account the major of them and if you look Distrowatch, Pardus is far behind Mandriva for example.

    And Mageia ? I agree with iZoli

  6. It is also strange to me that mandriva is completely missing. No matter how many problems they have they still produce on of the best KDE distros, in my option the best. And latest RCs of 2011 also look awesome.

  7. I don't miss Mandriva/Mageia, though I guess it should have been included, but I do miss Fedora (great packaging work), Arch Linux (bleeding-edge upstream software) partly because these are the distros I use.

  8. When I put this together I knew there would always be people that wouldn't agree with the selection I chose, but that's alright. After all, Linux is all about freedom, and like I said, this little comparison is not meant to be the ultimate KDE distro guide, but just a good orientation I put together for fun with a little input from my readers.

    Thanks all for your comments

  9. Yup, Pardus 2011 is the most stable distro I have ever come across... it gives you nvidia drivers (!) and all media codecs pre installed just like it should be in every distro. It is one of the few Linux OS that seems to work just out of the box... but the softwares are limed to KDE and KDE itself is a monster when it comes to system resources.