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A modern and open source Linux operating system that uses the latest KDE and Ubuntu technologies

editor's review




Welcome to the Maverick Meerkat edition of Kubuntu, a modern, productive and beautiful operating system that uses the latest KDE, Ubuntu and Linux kernel technologies. It is designed from the groun up as a replacement to the Ubuntu operating system.

Distributed as Desktop and Alternate CDs for 32-bit and 64-bit platforms

Kubuntu 10.10 was officially announced by Canonical on October 10, 2010 and supported until April 10, 2012. It is distributed as Desktop and Alternate CD ISO images for the 64-bit and 32-bit hardware platforms, which means that they must be burned onto CD discs or written on USB flash drives of 1GB or higher capacity in order to boot them from the BISO of a PC.

The boot loader of the Desktop CD has been revamped again, now allowing users to start the live environment with default options, check the disc for defect (only if using a CD media), perform a memory diagnostic test, and boot an existing operating system from the first disk.

Try or install Kubuntu

As the "Install Kubuntu" option has been removed from the boot menu of the Desktop CD, the developers added a dialog that asks uses if they want to try or install Kubuntu from the get-go. It is also possible to choose the default language for the installation process.

The KDE desktop environment looks pretty much the same like the one from previous releases, except for the new artwork, of course. Even if the software collection is unchanged from the previous release, the Konqueror web browser has been replaced with Rekonq.

Bottom line

Starting with the 10.10 release, Kubuntu will distance itself from the standard Ubuntu releases, trying to be more modern and futuristic, offering innovative technologies on top of existing ones. It is no longer supported and has been archived for historical purposes only.

Kubuntu was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on May 22nd, 2014
Kubuntu - The default desktop environment of the Kubuntu 10.10 operating system

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