I just upgraded my Kubuntu installation from the Hoary Hedgehog version to the latest version: Breezy Badger. It took about 30 minutes to get all the files necessary for that, but then all I had to do was answer a few questions and the upgrade proceeded beautifully. A whole bunch of interesting stuff spewed forth on my screen during the upgrade process, and there were even a few red lines there indicating that parts of the process failed somehow, but so far, that seems to have had no adverse effects.
- have an old(er) computer (of many types – you might be surprised what works with Linux) you want to tinker with,
- and/or you are interested in Linux but aren’t sure where to start,
- and/or you are tired of Windows and ready for a change, but not thrilled about the cost of a new Mac
I *highly* recommend [Kubuntu](http://www.kubuntu.org “KDE + Ubuntu = Kubuntu”) or [Ubuntu](http://www.ubuntulinux.org “I am what I am because of who we all are”). They’re sister projects – the difference being that the Kubuntu version is based on the K Desktop Environment (a.k.a. KDE) and Ubuntu on GNOME. What’s the difference between KDE and GNOME? Actually, I can’t comment on that, because I’ve only ever used KDE. I imagine it’s something like the difference between the look and feel of Windows and Mac OS – there are dedicated, passionate advocates of both, even though they both pretty much get the job done. It’s a preference thing.
Mostly what I really like about (K)Ubuntu so far is the emphasis on community. I feel that coming through loud and clear on their websites and mailing lists.