unwelcome news for those of us who are still gui users that love the KDE desktop. I have been using mint since 2009 or 10 and ONLY using KDE. do not like the other desktops & yes I have tried all of them. KDE is still my preferred choice. guess I'll be learning more cli so I can figure out how to keep a KDE desktop. thank you though to the mint team for trying to keep things moving forward. my first distro to download & burn was fedora core 3 around 2003. played with Linux PC os a few years, but once I found Mint I never took much time to keep looking, it just works great all the time & I recommend it to everyone I talk to about changing their OS!
From the Linux Mint Blog. I think this is a good move. As noted, Kubuntu is more than sufficient Linux system for those who appreciate the KDE desktop. It should free the Linux Mint team resources to concentrate more on Cinnamon, MATE, XFCE desktops.
"In continuation with what’s been done in the past, Linux Mint 18.3 will feature a KDE edition, but it will be the last release to do so.
I would like to thank Kubuntu for the amazing work they have done. The quality of Plasma 5 in Xenial made backports a necessity. The rapid pace of development upstream from the KDE project made this very challenging, yet they managed to provide a stable flow of updates for us and we were able to ship good KDE editions thanks to that. I don’t think this would have been possible without them.
KDE is a fantastic environment but it’s also a different world, one which evolves away from us and away from everything we focus on. Their apps, their ecosystem and the QT toolkit which is central there have very little in common with what we’re working on.
We’re not just shipping releases and distributing upstream software. We’re a product distribution and we see ourselves as a complete desktop operating system. We like to integrate solutions, develop what’s missing, adapt what’s not fitting perfectly, and we do a great deal of that not only around our own Cinnamon desktop environment but also thanks to cross-DE frameworks we put in place to support similar environments, such as MATE and Xfce."