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No mention of WindowMaker thus far... So... I'll mention it!
But when I need to get stuff done, I use KDE. I find that Gnome "gets in my way" a lot. I don't like that. It has been that way since I first tried Linux in 1999. I just find KDE to better fit my modus operandi.
Of course, everyone is different. Some people really love Gnome. That's one of the benefits of free software - choice.
You couldn't have an argument like this in a Windows-only environment...
Distribution: PCLinuxOS2007, openSUSE 10.2, experimenting with other distros
From an ex-Windows user perspective:
Dude... I'd have to say that I like KDE a bit more than GNOME. However, for a recent convert, I would have to say that GNOME is simpler. Actually, can I rescind my opinion, and just say that I'm not quite decided yet?
Okay. Tried openSUSE, which comes with both interfaces. Have been using them both (GNOME doesn't seem to be available for PCLOS07). To me, GNOME looks more visually appealing, but lacks options. KDE has so many options, that it's easy to get lost. Still... love those options.
BTW: what is XFC and all those other acronyms I see tossed about? Am I such a nub that I'm just not getting it <yet>?
I'm bit of an odd case. I love KDE but I do almost everything with Konsole.
The thing is that KDE has more flex than GNOME if you don't know how to edit the code yet.
Still I reckon that GNOME has It's place...
In an office where you're not meant to enjoy the experiance of being there.