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I installed Kubuntu image long time ago, and did several release upgrades since that. I have package kubuntu-full installed, and boot into KDE. Currently it looks like I'm using ubuntu:

~: lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 13.10
Release:        13.10
Codename:       saucy

There's not a single kubuntu word in my /etc/apt/sources.list, or is it

Kubuntu = Ubuntu - Unity + KDE


For example there's a Pre-Alpha Ubuntu Thar already, but no Kubuntu one. Would I get Kubuntu Thar, by installing Ubuntu Thar in the way mentioned above?

Probably Kubuntu team now are the guys responsible for KDE working in Ubuntu.

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Just Post a Picture Also check the unity interface and compare it – Anoymous Oct 26 '13 at 8:29
I know I'm using KDE. The question is about the current status of kubuntu and its relation to ubuntu. – Adobe Oct 26 '13 at 8:32
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Recognised Ubuntu flavours

The list of recognised Ubuntu flavours:


Kubuntu = Ubuntu core packages + KDE desktop + Kubuntu default settings

You could have the KDE desktop without the Kubuntu.

Older kubuntu-default-settings :

Current kubuntu-settings-desktop:

Kubuntu default settings :

Settings and artwork for the Kubuntu

If the Kubuntu default setting is installed:

  • The Grub is telling that you have an option to launch the Kubuntu
  • The Plymouth is telling that the Kubuntu is starting
  • The KDE default application launcher has the Kubuntu logo
  • The desktop cube has the Kubuntu logo
  • The default plasma desktop is having the Kubuntu default settings
  • etc...

The KDE System Settings > About System is telling that you are using the Kubuntu

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The Kubuntu daily builds are still pointing to the Saucy:

The Kubuntu Trusty can be installed by installing the Kubuntu Saucy and upgrading to the Trusty.

The Trusty development is still fresh - Kubuntu plans can be found from the Kubuntu Trello:

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Kubuntu is Ubuntu.

It just uses KDE (including KDE-specific programs) instead of Unity/GNOME.

Edit: Maybe cat /etc/ works. I'm using Ubuntu so I can't check it.

share|improve this answer gives me Ubuntu Trusty Tahr (development branch) (I've upgraded meanwhile). – Adobe Oct 26 '13 at 9:56
Hm... so it doesn't work. – the_Seppi Oct 26 '13 at 9:57

I'm using gnomeubuntu and this is what shows up it terminal when typing: lsb_release -a

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 13.10
Release:    13.10
Codename:   saucy

so I'm guessing this is a normal thing with other ubuntu distributions.

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