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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
A few weeks ago, Gael Duval lifted the veil of secrecy surrounding his new project a little bit by 'leaking' some screenshots and information. Obviously, a lot of questions remained, and hence we contacted Gael Duval in order to ask him some basic questions about Ulteo.
1) Ulteo will be based on Kubuntu, which gives you an already fairly solid base to work from. However, Kubuntu has also turned into the 'de-facto' standard KDE distribution. What exactly will set Ulteo apart from Kubuntu?
We base Ulteo on Ubuntu and Debian packages. Since April, we have developed a complete and automatic new builder which takes various sources, apply possible patches and puts all of that together to release an installable Linux system.
The first alpha of Ulteo will actually have more in common with Kubuntu than with Ubuntu, but anyway we won't put only KDE packages in this version of Ulteo, which makes a first difference.
Aditionally, Ulteo will have different behaviour than this Linux distribution regarding the way it installs and the way you administer them.
2) Will Ulteo be a KDE-only project, or will a GNOME-based Ulteo also be available?