But we feel KDE 4 has now matured to a point where most KDE users can safely dump their old desktop and move on to the new one. There are very few stability issues, and most of the functionality found in 3.5 has been migrated to 4.3. The question is, which Linux distro provides the best experience for KDE users?
Rather than providing simple packages for KDE, a real KDE distro is likely to include GUI refinements, usability tweaks, custom themes, artwork and a good selection of KDE applications. It's also nice when Gnome and GTK applications play happily with their KDE counterparts, especially if a compatible theme has been chosen from them both. KDE-based distros should be able to do this better than simple Gnome desktops.
So, we took eight of the top KDE-focused distros and pitched them head-to-head to find which ones really rock, and which ones just limp along with a vanilla set of packages. Read on!
How we tested
Chakra builds on a modular version of KDE originally built for Arch Linux.
Is it us, or is there something slightly sinister about the Sidux desktop?
Kubuntu doesn't look any different to a standard KDE installation.
Google Gadgets can be dragged into the Mandriva desktop, but they may crash your machine.
OpenSUSE is the best-looking distribution we've tried.
The Sulfur package manager and configuration could help push Sabayon further up the charts.
PCLinuxOS wins our award for the best-looking background, even if it is inspired by Microsoft.
At the end of the day, we're suckers for the best-looking desktop thrown in with a touch of stability.
I am KDE, hear me roar