Hooray! My free (in both senses) Kubuntu 7.04 CD has arrived. Only a couple of weeks since I requested it.
A Thousand Thanks to Canonical and all who sponsor this stuff! I'm in a space right now where the cost of the download really is significant for me, and I would probably have had quite a lot of hassle inobtaining the latest Kubuntu update if not for their free shipping program.
I've been using Kubuntu on my (HP) laptop ever since I got it, and it mostly "just works". The only hassle I've had was over non-free video drivers, and that was quite easily solved. I'll probably load Kubuntu onto my desktop machine, too, in the interests of reducing clutter in my life. For about 5 or 6 years, now I have had Mandriva on my desktop machine. I have no complaints about Mandriva. It has served me extremely well through the years, but it is one more distro to obtain, update, download bits of, and maintain and I'm into extreme simplification right now. If I do move the desktop box over to Kubuntu I'll have things about right: down to two distros -- Gentoo for servers (where I want complete control over everything that goes onto the box) and Kubuntu for desktop/office work (where I want everything to "just work" without having to think about things).
Anybody in the South Cape who wants a copy of the Kubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) CD, please drop me a line and we'll arrange something!