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Old 01-12-2010, 01:43 PM   #16
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I wonder why a Gnome lover and a WM zealot switched to KDE but it feels right! Using KDE4 and giving my "vote for change" here.
 
Old 01-12-2010, 03:12 PM   #17
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Wink GNOME > KDE right now.

I dislike KDE for a few reasons;
  • It reminds me of Windows, which I am not a very big fan of.
  • It is slow, at least on my computer.
  • I dislike the K-- uniformity. I prefer diversity.
  • The UI takes a few seconds to a minute to fully initialize.
  • GTK is far better than Qt
  • It isn't now, but it once had a much more restrictive license.
  • It is bloated, and offers too many useless options, thereby unnecessarily complicating otherwise simplistic options
  • Has idiotic idiosyncrasies, like a slow menu, and difficulty doing otherwise mundane tasks.
The only time I can get KDE to be even close to fast is when I installed Arch Linux and a minimal install of KDE. *sigh* Still too slow.

I like GNOME because;
  • Simple, and easy.
  • Fast UI initialization; instantaneous even.
  • Diversity of programs. Is not uniform.
  • It gets the job done. Won't get in the way.
  • GTK. Themes too.
  • Isn't bloated; in fact a bit minimal.
  • It reminds me that I am not using Windows.
  • I have used it for 4 years, and it was my 1st Desktop Environment.
  • GNU and open-source beginning.
The only reason I dislike GNOME is because of Gconf, which resembles the registry editor in Windows. I'm not a particularly big fan of string data as a means of customization.

This is my opinion of course. I just can't get used to KDE no matter how hard I try. *sigh* I will faithfully stick by GNOME until KDE gets a bit faster, and loses the annoying, bloated, uniformity.
 
Old 01-13-2010, 05:58 AM   #18
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Well, I always loved using kde 3.5, it was beautiful and really worked.

When kde4 arrived, I just ignored it.

BUT when kde4.3 arrived and I tried it,
man, what a dream!

Besides Dolphin, kde4.3 works fine and is paradise for my eyes!
 
Old 01-13-2010, 07:44 AM   #19
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AFAIK, it's xfce all the way
 
Old 01-13-2010, 09:43 PM   #20
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I love KDE
 
Old 01-14-2010, 08:28 AM   #21
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XFCE. It has most of the features that are available in Gnome and KDE without all of the bloat. XFCE just keeps getting better and better in the time I have been using it.
 
Old 01-14-2010, 08:36 AM   #22
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I like to keep my system as beautiful as possible. KDE was really awesome. I tried gnome also. it's like just an old movie. I know that, we can get good looks for gnome also. but it is waste of time. by default KDE giving nice features.
 
Old 01-17-2010, 05:37 PM   #23
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2009, The year I came back home to KDE!
 
Old 01-17-2010, 07:18 PM   #24
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I want to see more done with lighter desktops such as LXDE and xfce...


They need more work and I would like to use a lighter desktop full time just doesn't give me so of the same options as Gnome/KDE...
 
Old 01-17-2010, 07:21 PM   #25
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KDE allowed me change theme easily. like login KDM theme, visual themes etc. I love it
 
Old 01-17-2010, 10:04 PM   #26
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I am an Xfce junkie !!

I know that I have downloaded every Linux distro that uses Xfce as it's default desktop.

I presently have a tri-boot on my PC with:

Debian Squeeze (testing) with Xfce
Xubuntu-Lucid Lynx 10.04 Alpha 2 (development)
and LinuxMint-8 with the Xfce package installed over Gnome.

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Last edited by vrkalak; 01-17-2010 at 10:05 PM.
 
Old 01-19-2010, 10:40 PM   #27
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rox

kde4 gives me diarrhea from just looking at it.
 
Old 01-19-2010, 10:49 PM   #28
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kde4 gives me diarrhea from just looking at it.
What an intelligent comment. It implies that you do not posses the ability to change a default theme. Or, conversely, you are weaker than average people, been unable to confront a simple and easy desktop theme. Very sad for a public confession...
 
Old 01-20-2010, 01:17 AM   #29
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I used to prefer to use KDE (I grew up with a lot of "KDE" distros...Mandrake, Mandriva, dabbled in PCLinuxOS, when I installed Gentoo, I got KDE)...but when I got into Linux Mint, I really got into gnome.

And when KDE 4 came out, I anticipated liking the look and feel, but it didn't seem very usable. I have no doubt that I didn't spend enough time with it, but it was such a chore.

I like xfce a bit too, but for some reason I've never mainly used it.
 
Old 01-20-2010, 07:41 AM   #30
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How about none? Does none work for you?

I typically install minimal systems with no GUI components at all, and I really don't like installing or activating web management interfaces either. CLI is sufficient for all my Linux/BSD/Unix boxes. But, then, my desktop is a Mac. One GUI to rule them all.
 
  


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