Before I first tried Ubuntu years ago, I preferred using the KDE desktop. At that time, it was simply the environment I had the most experience with. The main reason is that KDE was the most popular option among various newbie-friendly Linux distributions. Newbie-friendly distros like Knoppix, Simply Mepis, Xandros, Linspire, amongst others and all of them pointed their users towards the welcoming arms of KDE.
At this time, KDE did what I needed it to do and I felt little reason to explore other desktop environments. Then one day after my Debian installation failed on me (due to my own user error), I decided to try out this “Ubuntu Dapper Drake” everyone was raving about. At that time, I was less than impressed with the screenshots I had seen, but figured it would be fun to try regardless.
The biggest impression Ubuntu Dapper Drake made on me was how cleanly everything was laid out. Bear in mind, I came from the KDE world where there were fifteen ways to make one menu change. Ubuntu’s implementation of GNOME was very minimalist.
Flash forward to 2016 with the current 16.04 release: we have multiple Ubuntu flavors available, along with tons of distributions based on the Ubuntu base. The core thing all of these Ubuntu flavors and derivative distributions share in common is they’re all designed to be easy to use. And when you’re trying to grow your user base, stuff like this matters.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht