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I probably use KDE most often these days, but I use XFCE on resource constrained systems, plenty of window managers when I don't even want a desktop environment, and I use GNOME plenty often, too. Frankly, all of them are quite acceptable, and it all boils down to personal preference. A few yesrs ago I was troubled by where GNOME was going, but it has worked out great recently and all the hard work has definitely paid off for GNOME. Anyone see the recent implementation of SLED 10? It is done in GNOME. Lest anyone say either KDE or GNOME is easier than the other, SLED 10 is easy enough that anyone can use it, and it is based on GNOME. Similarly, there are a number of KDE based distros that are just as easy to use MEPIS, PCLinuxOS, Freespire, Mandriva, Kubuntu) are a few that come to mind.
Bottom line is that both KDE and GNOME are fine. For me, I would lean slightly toward KDE or XFCE for older systems, but again, that is just me.
I like discussions about people's preferences and why each of us like what we like, but I am disappointed when we cannot simply discuss our interests in an information sharing kind of a way. I love free and open software for its flexibility, but arguments over preferences seem unnecessary to me. I will continue to use what I use until I change my mind, and I would expect each of us to do likewise. Hopefully we can continue to discuss our preferences and keep it at that.
There will never be common consent, because people are all different - and thanks God they are. Imagine world where all people would be identical - what a nightmare! "Common consent" can be only imposed by brute force, like in totalitarian empires or huge monopolies. The strength of Open Source Sofware is particularly based on real choice and therefore by exploring and developing different systems all over wide spectrum suitable for different people. That's similar how Mother Nature works, all possibilities get their opportunity to try and (maybe) succeed.
I use KDE. I like that it doesn't use as much memory as Gnome. I want to use either Gnome or KDE (not mixing the two, b/c I don't have much memory), and since Slackware comes with KDE, I'll probably stick with KDE. We'll see, though. Oh, and KOffice may keep me with KDE, too.
For any Gnome users who want to answer, what are the Gnome equivalents for KNotes, AmaroK, KDevelop, Akregator, the KDE system monitor applet, and KGet? I know I could just search, but there are plenty of people here ready to proclaim the wonders of Gnome. Hmm, let me throw in Quanta+ and K3b as well.
I guess my post could be read as sarcastic and implying that there aren't any good Gnome equivalents. I am seriously interested, though, because for me to ever try Gnome, I need to know what are the replacements for the KDE programs I use...
I didn't think it was sarcastic, but then I'm in the same camp.
I think your post is in the best traditions of LQ stating the reasons for your opinion & asking for specific info from those who hold a different one. It will be interesting to see if any of the "Gnomes" read it differently.
:-J BTW, if you prefer KDE, does that make you a "Kobold"?