Hyperion Feb 14, 2013 @ 2:15pm
Need help with Ubuntu versions
I am about to change to Linux soon and I've red that Steam runs the best on Ubuntu. But what I want is Ubuntu with KDE so I can put icons on the desktop and enjoy that neat 3D cube etc. I've found Kubuntu but it's appearance (the one with that big, blue, K button) just doesn't look well to me. And I am completely new to this, my only experience with Linux is a short time use of Ubuntu (Gnome) on a netbook.

What I've found being really neat is this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QokOwvPxrE

So could you please give me advices for versions like this? Or name of the one from the video (updated, it's from 2010)? I've found this site http://news.softpedia.com/news/Top-5-Ubuntu-Alternatives-215953.shtml which tells something about the Ubuntu KDE versions, which one do you think is the best?

And sorry if I am asking a kinda overused question, I probably know how do you feel when many people just repeatedly ask questions like this, but I just don't know where to start... I thought that there are only distributions which are separated into KDE and Gnome environments, but now I've found that there are even kinda subversions/reskins for these... So I would be okay with some basic tips and useful sites. And I really love the appearance of the Ubuntu version which is in the video above, if that helps
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blackout24 Feb 14, 2013 @ 2:35pm 
You can completely customize and the KUbuntu (Ubuntu with KDE Desktop). Don't worry about the looks. If you want a more Windows like Desktop with a lot of eyecandy that is the place to go. You can install LTS (12.04) or the current 12.10 release.

Here are some screenshots showing how customizable KDE is:
http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=KDE+4.10

When you have multiple virtual desktops you can select which transition animation you want (Cube, Slide, Fade etc.)
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CarrotDick Feb 14, 2013 @ 2:38pm 
KDE4 for better or worse, has those features. I'm really smitten with KWin, but I don't like a lot of other things about KDE. I'm learning to live with them though I'd like to mash up KWin and Cinnamon as I greatly prefer most other things about Cinnamon.

I'm also hopeful that with Qt5, Qt will start winning over GTK+ and we'll see real things like Razor-Qt take off, so that I can have KWin without Plasma.

Anyway, Compiz+Unity will do that. KWin+KDE will do that. Unity and Compiz are available by default in Ubuntu. You can get the extra compiz plugins for the cube and all that crap. In KDE they're an option under Desktop Effects.

The functionality you want is provided by the "compositor", of which compiz and KWin are two examples of. They can be mixed and matched with over Desktop Environment components.

Additionally, compositors are sort of in charge in the Wayland model (again, would love to see Valve push Nvidia and AMD to support KMS and Wayland... it's arguably the future of Linux display technology on ALL form factors alike!)
blackout24 Feb 14, 2013 @ 2:42pm 
I bet he did not understand a thing of what you said. ;-)

But, pretty much every Linux Desktop can have craploads of 3D effects.
If I were you'd I'd start out slow. Install normal Ubuntu and get familiar with it. Next step you can take a look at other Desktops etc. (don't need to install another OS you can have multiple desktop enviroments on the same Ubuntu OS aswell).
Tweakedenigma Feb 14, 2013 @ 2:47pm 
Originally posted by t.jp Linux:
But, pretty much every Linux Desktop can have craploads of 3D effects.
If I were you'd I'd start out slow. Install normal Ubuntu and get familiar with it. Next step you can take a look at other Desktops etc. (don't need to install another OS you can have multiple desktop enviroments on the same Ubuntu OS aswell).

Gotta agree here, no need to jump into the deep end before you learn to swim. Moving to Linux, or any new OS takes some adjustment time. Learn to be a normal user before moving on to being a power user.
jeyzus Feb 14, 2013 @ 2:59pm 
for the life of me I just couldn't get my NVidia GF_460 working in Ubuntu without screwing up the 2D GUI :/

my old man recommended Linux Mint 14 to me which I put on a memory stick and installed. I downloaded the recommended proprietary driver from NVidia, rebooted, and TF2 runs like a dream out of the box. I'm really impressed with how simple that was - even easier and quicker than setting up Win7/8 on this same machine. I would recommend it to anyone
s.plisskin [Archlinux] Feb 14, 2013 @ 3:27pm 
Try linux mint kde version.
Heavyoak Feb 14, 2013 @ 3:31pm 
it seems that this whole thing is rigged to be anti-ati/amd......
blackout24 Feb 14, 2013 @ 3:35pm 
AMD has some homework to do when it comes to their drivers. Let's put it that way.
They aren't the greatest on Windows, too.
Hyperion Feb 15, 2013 @ 8:03am 
Whoah, thanks for the friendly replies! Mainly t.jp, it really cleared some things for me. And you're right, I have no idea what Atheisto was talking about, but will search it later when I get to it :D

So what should I do first is to get the newest and most basic Ubuntu? The orange one with Gnome? Then I can easilly upgrade it with the Kubuntu, after I get into it?
Tweakedenigma Feb 15, 2013 @ 8:12am 
That's correct Hyperion. If you want a different DE (desktop environment) you can just install it on Ubuntu and customize as you want.

Takes some time as Linux is a totally different OS. However you will likely be competent with it after a week or two. From there you can start messing with things.

Also its easier to get help if you are using the default as most people are using it.
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Shark Feb 15, 2013 @ 8:16am 
There is ubuntu with kde, it's called kubuntu. I'd recomment kubuntu 12.04 for steam.
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