It was revealed yesterday that Canonical will no longer commercially support Kubuntu, the KDE spin-off to Ubuntu. While still an official Ubuntu derivative, Kubuntu will now only receive the community support of other variants such as Edubuntu and Xubuntu after the release of 12.04.
The Kubuntu project was the first major Ubuntu derivative, starting with a KDE based release of 5.04 Hoary Hedgehog. After 7 years though, the distro has not been as popular as it’s big brother:
“This is a rational business decision,” posted Jonathan Riddell, developer on Kubuntu, “Kubuntu has not been a business success after 7 years of trying, and it is unrealistic to expect it to continue to have financial resources put into it.”
Jonathan continued to put out a call for the community to increase their support of the distro.
With Canonical planning to push into the tablet and Smart TV market, as well as their staunch support for Unity across all these platforms, this move does seem like an unfortunate inevitability.
Linux User has reached out to Canonical for comment.