Kubuntu is a user friendly operating system based on KDE, the K Desktop Environment. With a predictable 6 month release cycle and part of the Ubuntu project, Kubuntu is the GNU/Linux distribution for everyone.
Kubuntu and Ubuntu are not meant to be seen as distinct projects; Kubuntu is part of the Ubuntu project, and they are both part of one development team that contributes to the whole. Kubuntu is Ubuntu with a different default setup, the Ubuntu DVD contains only Unity as a desktop environment; the Kubuntu DVD contains only KDE, this is the primary difference.
This is the first release from the team since we became a completely volunteer group, just after the release of 15.10. Delivering an Long-Term Release (LTS) release is a superb achievement, and testimony to our community’s commitment to Ubuntu and KDE.
Beta-tester feedback has been resounding and positive. This confirms the amazing work that is being undertaken by our upstream KDE community. Plasma 5, KDE Frameworks 5 and all of KDE continue to demonstrate how Free/Libre Open Source Software sets world class standards for innovation, usability and integration.
What can you expect from this latest release?
Our new software center: Plasma Discover brim-full of software to choose from.
The latest KDE PIM with lots of features and fixes Including the latest Akonadi support and integration with MySQL 5.7.
Plasma 5, the next generation of KDE’s desktop has been rewritten to make it smoother to use while retaining the familiar setup.
Kubuntu 16.04 comes with KDE Applications 15.12 containing all your favourite apps from KDE, including Dolphin. Even more applications have been ported to KDE Frameworks 5 but those which aren’t, should fit in seamlessly. For a complete desktop suite of applications we’ve included some non-KDE applications such as LibreOffice 5.1 and Firefox 45.
Keen developer types and friends of Muon Package Manager will be delighted to know that the project has got a new team of maintainers, and a new release just in time for this Kubuntu LTS.