Given all the frustration with the new desktops in GNome 3.2 and Unity, there has been an upturn in interest in KDE. LinuxFormat Magazine went as far to say "KDE 4.7 gets it right" in Issue 150 and then in the latest issue 152, where they did comparison of Gnome 3.2, Unity on 11.10, and KDE 4.7, declared the KDE 4.7 was the one to beat, ie the best, in usage as a desktop. One of the reasons given for KDE being given high marks because of its "familiarity", ie, the KDE Menu system (Kickoff), Panel, and Desktop where the new Gnome 3.2 and Unity 11.10 are new and different ways of working.
This morning, it was reported that based on Distrowatch numbers, that LinuxMint 12 has surpassed Ubuntu 11.10 in downloads, at least on today's counts. I think it is awesome that LinuxMint 12 is being recognized as the Windows Desktop replacement that it is and that they are meeting the users needs in preserving the traditional GNome desktop. However, I donot take glee in the fact that LinuxMint 12 has surpassed Ubuntu in download popularity, after all, if there was no Ubuntu, it is unlikely there would be LinuxMint to download.
Another good meeting! With 9 present, Martin Torres led off with about a 2 hour presentation on openSUSE 12.1 and KDE. Martin has a 6 year old laptop and was having difficulty finding a current version of Linux that supported his VIA video chipset (older versions worked fine). openSUSE not handled his video fine including some effects, but in the out of the box install from DVD, it also supported his new "micro" USB D-Link Wireless adapter which allowed installing from wireless. Called micro because they look a tiny bluetooth USB adapter.
It was another great meeting with 11 present including 2 new attendees. Darin Miller started of the meeting and spent the first 90 minutes giving us a demo on 3 desktops available on the GNome 3.0 kernel version Ubuntu 11.10, Oneiric Ocelot. He started off with the Unity which has been updated in this version of Ubuntu. Darin is unhappy with Unity as many users have been since the initial release in the previous version of Ubuntu (11.04).
It 'twas a dark and rainy night... Hopefully that accounts for a very low turnout (6 were present) for what was excellent presentation by Darin S. Miller on using GPS Essentials on an Android Phone and then display those results using Google Earth running on Linux. Darin had prepared a very excellent LibreOffice Impress slide presentation with animations that equals or even rivals any PowerPoint presentation that I have ever seen.
The UbuntuIdaho LoCo team held a meeting on September 13 at the University of Phoenix in Meridian with 12 in attendance. Click on Read more for the details...
The September 1st meeting was our first meeting in the new Gates Meeting room at the Boise Public Library! Accommodations are very nice as we now have a meeting table to sit at along with a new overhead projector; only downside is that there are no wired connections in the room but the Library does have a open wireless system. We had 9 in attendance this night. Clint spent the first 45 minutes demonstrating a new distro, Dream Studio, based on Ubuntu 11.04 Natty with the Unity desktop.
We had another good meeting with 9 members present including 2 new attendees. We were given the Auditorium for the evening which was very nice, one time only. Clint led off the evening with a demonstration of AriOS 3.0 which he had recently installed. Clint likes this distribution, even better than LinuxMint, as a replacement for Windows. Not only does it come with all the multi-media codecs that are provided by LinuxMint, but it is truer to Ubuntu.
There are several "mega" alternatives to the basic Ubuntu 11.04 Desktop with or without the Unity desktop. Among the alternatives are the Ultimate Edition including its Gamers Edition, SuperOS, Artistx and AriOS, all of which are installed from DVD. Ultimate Edition 2.9 is still stuck in 10.10 has not been updated to the 11.04. SuperOS, I did try but for some reason that escapes me, I did not keep it around.
We had another good meeting with 8 members present and lots of discussion including extending our home wireless networks for video streaming to TV and Blue-Ray devices to watch online movies such as Netflix where hardwire network connections are not possible. Clint led off the presentation on "How He Did That" in configuring his home network, which consists of 4 routers with only two being used as Routers.