UPDATE 06/28/2020: Am reclaiming Media Library space by deleting old pics.

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Testing Linux Distros can be such a pain…far too often. No wonder 94%+ of desktop/laptop users choose Microsoft for their OS, and have been choosing Microsoft for decades, in fact. At times, testing Linux Distros is akin to being lost and going in a circle forever. There are *MANY* reasons why Linux stays stuck at the 2% mark of total desktop/laptop usage, and that user-percentage will probably never improve.

KDE neon ‘Live’ worked great on the Ryzen™ test computer, ‘Apevia’. I had problems with Kubuntu 18.04 & the 20.04 daily build, but Kubuntu 19.10 did great on two test computers. Almost decided to just delete this post and forget about the KDE Plasma Desktop Environment (DE); however, I had spent quite a bit of time, so decided to just make it a short post…after all, KDE neon & Kubuntu 19.10 both did fine. Some quick pics:

 

Good-looking DE, and pretty easy to move around in even tho I am not very familiar with the Plasma DE.

 

A big test for Linux Distros recently has been Wi-Fi testing, i.e. if the Distro can’t spot my Wi-Fi I fail it. Wi-Fi is no longer ‘Rocket Science’ and I am done pulling out computers, bending down & trying to find the Ethernet port in the back to hook the Ethernet cable to, then running that cable to the Wi-Fi router to plug the cable’s other end in. My main computer, ‘Antec Jr.’ stays hooked up with Ethernet, but the other computers are just test computers, mainly. KDE neon easily spotted the Wi-Fi and only required the security code.

 

Believe it or not, some Distros make it difficult to find “System Information” – i.e. KDE neon lists that in “System Settings” where it should be, but other Linux Distros try to hide it in secret areas, and under some Linux fragmented name for “System Information.” More on ‘That’ in a moment.

Kubuntu 19.10 ‘Live’ worked fine, tho I couldn’t find system info for a pic…we’re talking system info – why is it so hard to find!? UPDATE: finally found that info, in later testing, after having earlier given up. It was not in “System Settings” (one of the first folders/icons you usually see in any Linux Distro), but I have discovered that many Distros like to put “System Information” into their own special ‘Proprietary’ folder (19.10 uses “KInfocenter” that is listed under Applications (!?!), and then calls your system information – “Information About This System.” Tested on 2 computers and everything else seemed great. Here are 2 pics…make that 3 pics now:

 

Kubuntu 19.10 also spotted Wi-Fi (this is how far behind any Microsoft OS that Linux is, i.e. you are delighted if it spots basic Wi-Fi!?):

 

Yeah, that is now a big test for any ‘Live’ Linux Distro – amazing how many don’t spot Wi-Fi. And now, finally an info pic:

 

Kubuntu 19.10 did fine with Ryzen™…system info not easy to find for anyone not familiar with KDE desktop.

Anyway, I couldn’t get Kubuntu 18.04 to work on two test computers this morning, and I swear it worked the other day!? Had tried it on those 2 computers this morning, using ‘Live’ USB’s created with Rufus, UUI, and UNetbootin – maybe the image got damaged somehow…I dunno. This afternoon, I tried another USB instead of the SanDisk, and the new Adata ‘Live’ USB worked OK on ‘Antec Jr.’ but not on Ryzen™ ‘Apevia’. Am not going to bother with those pics…it did connect to Wi-Fi.

I wasn’t able to get the Kubuntu 20.04 daily build to ever work, even after using the UNetbootin “Live’ USB creating utility (as recommended) – but it was just a daily build. It went through boot menu, and into the Logo, but never any further. I waited a minute or two, so maybe it would’ve loaded after 4 or 5 minutes, but I wasn’t going to wait that long.

After this experience, I’d say KDE neon clearly kicks Kubuntu’s arse – no matter which Kubuntu arse version. Great job by KDE neon!