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I have had this debate with a few of my fellow students. Which is the prefered desktop enviroment. Some say KDE( like me) Some say Gnome( mostly the instructors, wonder why that is) I want to know what this particular *nux community tinks!
I voted for KDE only cos it has more apps. Or else I don't care much which DE or WM I am using. No I am still not a geek enough to manage with CLI and I do need my daily dose of graphics and multimedia.
I voted for KDE. I installed Ubuntu on one PC & Kubuntu on another. I kept using Kubuntu and I have now given up on Gnome. KDE seems more like the GUI that I "grew up with", namely RISC-OS3. The really sad thing though is that I still mainly use Windows (sorry about the swearing) as with 5 PCs all running BOINC software, it was just too much hassle under Linux, be it Kubuntu, Ubuntu, DSL or Mandriva. Also I am seem to get 10% more BOINC cobblestones under Win2k than under Kubuntu. I'll try the Linux route again later in the year.
Distribution: Fedora Core 7 and older, Knoppix, Ubuntu
I started out using KDE at my old school, and when I installed my first distro Gnome was the default, and my first impression was that the look and feel was less rigid and had softer edges, which I liked. Nowdays I do not have anything against KDE (except I hear it includes some proprietary software), but I have just stuck with Gnome because I am more familiar with it.
I prefer KDE because for me it just works better; the last time I tired both managers I ran into more problems with Gnome on my system. However, I think that the appearance of the Gnome interface is more professional and polished, while KDE looks more like a toy. On my older system I just use a console, or if I must have X I use Fluxbox. It's amazing how fast that runs on an old PII....