Cyberborean Chronicles

Gutsy doubts

Well, there is Gutsy Gibbon on the streets and every Feisty user perhaps already have asked himself a crucial question – to upgrade or not to upgrade?

After spending some time on googling and reading the comments and opinions of those who have answered “yes”, I finally decided not to upgrade. Well, not now.

Don’t get me wrong – I am not devoid of neophilia attacks and not afraid of experimenting with my environment and tools. I even love it. But I want to be sure that the results would improve my life’s quality or, at least, the things are exciting new and interesting to try.

The sum of innovations in Kubuntu 7.10 doesn’t worth a time, a bandwith, and (as it turns out) a degree of a risk to break working Feisty installation. I am pretty happy with it – perhaps it is the best Linux I ever had – and I am definitely unwilling to change the things without essential reasons.

The reasons they tell why do I need an upgrade look strange. Dolphin as a default file manager? Sorry, but I don’t need a file manager – I need also a local documentation browser and a client for SSH and for FTP and for Samba and WebDAV and SVN and for other stuff and it should have the tabs and a console at the bottom and… In short, I need Konqueror. Replacing it with a file manager (even if it is a really good one) – it’s nothing but downgrade.

Strigi search? Everyone says it is still an alpha so putting it into production release looks weird. KDE old file search worked fine and it is stable and well tested. And (excuse me for this product-placement) I use SCAN which does a lot more except basic full-text search.

OpenOffice 2.3? But to install it I don’t need to upgrade a whole system.

No, thanks. What might drive me to upgrade is KDE 4 Final, for instance. Or Beryl/Compiz, gettin’ fuckin’ stable, integrated seamlessly and not conflicting with basic KDE stuff. Or maybe, NEPOMUK or similar bleeding edge technologies released into production.

I am far from blaming Kubuntu maintainers and pretty well understand them. This is what happens sometimes when you have to provide a fixed release cycle but fully depend on other’s work. The fact is that the Linux world had no visible technology breakthrough in the last six months. Alas.

So let’s wait for the April, 2008.

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