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Unless you are getting short on disk space, I would remove Gnome until you've used KDE for a while. Be sure you like KDE better. Since Gnome is the preferred DE for Debian, they probably support it better in their repos.
I've been a KDE user for several years and on the occasions I have tried Gnome I found I quickly moved back to KDE. For some people it is the opposite. They are both good systems, and they both have their strengths and weaknesses.
As for the KDE version, your current choices are probably between versions 3 and 4. Regardless of what the KDE4 advocates say, there are still glitches in version 4. Even so, I will probably not move back to KDE3. If you are just getting started with KDE and are willing to put up with some weird behavior until things get fixed, then you might as well learn on what will probably be the standard in a few months.
Ditto---don't remove Gnome. By the time you decide which Destop you like best, you may want to install a whole new distro.
I just installed the latest version of Mepis---they are staying with KDE 3.5 for now, and it is everything that I need. The main reason I stay with KDE is the superior user-switching functionality. (This machine is regularly used by 3 people.) Otherwise, I would use XFCE.
KDE 3.5.x isn't exactly a viable choice, since it's outdated software and thus a deadend. KDE 4.2 has actually proven to be a lot better than 4.0 and 4.1 (4.0 wasn't really meant for the typical end user, anyway).
I, myself, have been converted from KDE to GNOME, but I still recognize that KDE has some of the most excellent apps out there (especially KTorrent and Kate, in my opinion).
If you're serious about removing GNOME rather than just keeping it but using KDE anyway, you could try creating a new user whose default desktop environment is KDE rather than GNOME and then decide whether or not it's for you before using it as your main environment.
I'm having a Debian with gnome. I want to install kde. Since I don't think I'll ever use gnome again I want to remove it too. Which version of kde do you recommend? How will I select the version?
I recommend the version that comes with the distribution of Debian you're using. And how you'll select the version is by using whatever package management system that you've used in the past (most likely either synaptic, aptitude, or apt-get). To install KDE, just install the KDE meta-package (kde). To remove gnome, just remove the gnome meta-packages (gnome, gnome-bin, gnome-core, and nautilus too).
Last edited by mark_alfred; 04-15-2009 at 04:59 PM.