| Founded:||April 8, 2005 (edit)|
|Release Date:||April 17, 2014 (edit)|
|Next Release:||16.04 (edit)|
|Platform(s):||x86, AMD64 (edit)|
|Derivative of:||Ubuntu (edit)|
|Home Page:||http://www.kubuntu.org/ (edit)|
Kubuntu was the first official variant of Ubuntu, and was officially released alongside Ubuntu 5.04 Hoary Hedgehog on April 8th, 2005. Shortly after the creation of Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth stated:
"I believe that the KDE community does phenomenal work, and having a community-driven distribution to showcase that work will help attract users and developers to the project. Our overall goal in the Ubuntu project is to further the adoption of free software on the desktop and the server, and we recognise that KDE is an essential part of the mix of desktop environments that allows people to find the best environment for their needs."
Canonical ceased sponsorship of Kubuntu in 2012. The German company Blue Systems took over this role. This change caused the two Canonical employees working on Kubuntu to transfer to Blue Systems.
There are currently four supported releases:
15.10 Wily Werewolf is the most recent release, available as of October 22, 2015. It will be supported for nine months until July 2016.
15.04 Vivid Vervet was released in April 2015. It features the new KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment, making Kubuntu one of the first major distributions to adopt the new KDE. 15.04 will be supported until January 2016.
14.04 Trusty Tahr is the most recent LTS, released in April 2014. It will be supported until April 2019.
12.04 Precise Pangolin is an older LTS, released in April 2012. It will be supported until April 2017.
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Kubuntu • Edubuntu • Lubuntu • Xubuntu • Ubuntu Studio • Mythbuntu