Administrative Tools: All the graphical administrative tools are accessible from the System Settings center.
Media and Hardware Detection: CUPS, the printing system, is installed and running and my test HP Deskjet F4280 All-in-One printer was auto configured.
The image below shows the options presented by the system for handling a DVD video. Dragon Player is the sole DVD playback application in the list, but because libdvdcss is not installed, it is unable to play encrypted DVD videos.
If the system detects a DVD video that it cannot handle, you will be shown a list of applications not installed on the system that it thinks can help with playback of the video. Even after installing all the suggested applications, playback of encrypted DVD videos was still not possible. To enable playback of such videos, you will have to install libdvdcss by running sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh from a shell terminal.
The shot shows the options available when an audio CD is inserted. The only audio player in the list is Amarok. From my personal experience, I find Amarok to be too cumbersome for playing audio CDs. I tend to install Rhythmbox, which offers a less intimidating interface for audio CD playback. Note that because Rhythmbox is not a native KDE application, it does not show up here as an option.
Security Features: In Kubuntu 10.10, as with Ubuntu (10.10), ufw is in the inactive stateful tracking mode. Ufw, the Uncomplicated FireWall, is Ubuntu’s user-friendly command line interface to Netfilter, the Linux firewall application. Other than the firewall, the AppArmor module, a kernel-space mandatory access control application, is loaded and in enforcing mode. Seven AppArmor profiles are loaded by default. You may view the loaded profiles by running sudo apparmor_status from a shell terminal. The only port open is 631, the default port for CUPS, the printing system.
The User Management tool has support for account locking, password aging, and password expiration. The image below shows the password locking feature of the User Management tool.
This one shows the password aging and password expiration features.
Final Thoughts and Suggestions: Writing this review gave me the opportunity to use Kubuntu for the very first time. And I like it. Though KPackageKit’s interface is not as slick as the Software Center in Ubuntu, I found it a lot easier to use. The only suggestion I have for the Kubuntu team is about rekonq, the default browser. It is a decent browser, but it is not fully production ready. Until rekonq is fully ready for prime time, I think it is best to install Firefox as the default and have rekonq as the alternate.