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GTK and QT apps are both really good. They both have their cons as well. I dont see why someone could be a "purist" in this respect when they can easily have the "best of both worlds". If a GTK app doesnt do what you want, but a QT app does, use the QT one. If you have a QT app thats not as good as a GTK one, then by all means, use the GTK one.
As for the Gnome verses KDE - Just use XFCE. Your GTK and QT apps both still work on it!
Ive been using Microsoft all these years someone gave me a laptop w Linux now I feel so uneducated how do i start . I have a usb modem that catches my ISP via #G n HSDPA how do I use the thing under linux??
First of all, you posted in the wrong forum (we have a lot of them), try Linux-Networking or Linux-Hardware. Secondly, is your computer on the net right now? This was not explained explicitly. Do not continue on this subject in this thread, rather keep in mind what I said and start a new thread in the before mentioned threads.
KDE is The Desktop Environment of the Year. The poll is closed, the votes are in, and KDE won.
KDE was quite the winner. I have used KDE for a long time and for an overall desktop, I would have to agree with the poll. However, there have been some interesting developments worth noting in any good discussion like this one.
GNOME is finally getting enough consistency to be a viable choice, and it is customizable enough to use it in really easy implementations - just like KDE. Example: SLED 10, the Enterprise Desktop distro from Novell. They did a great job with their user interface, and it is a GNOME interface.
I have used XFCE with interest on many occasions, and run with it as my default desktop from time to time. I've returned to KDE. I find KDE to be more prevalent across desktop systems. That doesn't make XFCE useless. Far from it. I recommend desktop enthusiasts to take a good look at XFCE. It is a great alternative when you don't need every heavy weight bell and whistle found in KDE and GNOME, but you do want a desktop environment. XFCE is almost light enough to be mistaken for a window manager - not quite, but close. It qualifies as a desktop environment, though, having its own window manager, file manager, panel control, etc. The design is quite customizable and worth a look.
I don't think of KDE as "bloated" but full featured. I know that is a matter of perspective, but that's how I see it.
GNOME, from a concept standpoint, is somewhat reminiscent of a Mac (uhhhhh), IMHO - too simplistic and limited - very difficult to get many simple chores done because it isn't very flexible or configurable.
Although I must say, I should give GNOME more credit. It is quite the achievement - just doesn't suit my tastes.