This post was going to be quite large, and hopefully entertaining. This post took me the good part of an hour to write and was, I supposed, interesting to those upgrading or about to upgrade to Ubuntu 8.10
Unfortunately, this post (well, its first version) was written as a mail message to a @blogspot account. Of course, and given the volume of mail that I handle on my day to day job, I usually clean my send items folder as soon as the message is sent. Which is what I did with the previous version of this post.
Only to find later that something is broken either in Blogger system to handle incoming mails as draft posts or I've not understood yet how it works. Which means that this post was lost.
So you'll have to make do with a brief summary of what was previously a quite entertaining story about my adventures upgrading my desktop Ubuntu from 8.04 to 8.10. Because in no way I'm going to rewrite it, I probably could not do it anyway as my writing stamina for the week got nearly exhausted.
But in summary, if your hardware is less than three years old, probably your upgrade to KUbuntu will be a good experience provided that your home network setup is not very complicated or you have previous experience tweaking by hand configuration files. In that case it's not going to be that bad.
But KUbunto 8.10 is not for revving up mom and pop five year old desktop. Not because the distribution is not optimized or KDE4 is not fast, but because there has been a surprising lack of attention to the essential details that make it user friendly in the same way that 8.04 with KDE 3.5 is.
And I hope to someday learn how to create draft blogger posts by sending mail...
(Update: I found the problem, and it was entirely my fault. I sent the message to a @blogspot.com address. Had I read more carefully the instructions, I would have sent it to a @blogger.com address, which works as advertised. The mail handling is probably so perverted now by the spammers that the @blogspot.com server does not even send an error response back when a wrong address is used)