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Old 07-12-2011, 02:11 AM   #1
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difference between GUI and KDE


Hi All...
I am new to Linux...so can u guys plz tell me what is the difference between a GUI and KDE..
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Old 07-12-2011, 02:26 AM   #2
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Hi, welcome to LQ!

GUI is a generic term, an abbreviation of "graphical user interface";
as such it includes KDE, which is a graphical "desktop environment".



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Old 07-12-2011, 02:50 AM   #3
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Hi Mithun;
As Tinkster said the GUI is the Graphical User Interface. It normally is X-windows in linux. A desktop environment runs under X-windows. There are several, the most common of which are KDE, Gnome, XFCE, and a few others. The desktop environments send data to X-windows to be displayed on your screen. I'd recommend that you try a few desktop environments to determine which one would best meet your needs and aesthetics.

There is also a terminalor console mode which is not a GUI, just plain text. More advanced linux users use this mode frequently as it is often faster and easier than pushing a mouse around the screen (and not all operations can be performed from a GUI). Hint, it takes a while to become competent on the command line.

Have fun while you learn, it's ALMOST impossible to damage you're hardware but you can really mess up your installation if you're not careful. One of the first things to learn is how to make backups (frequently).

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Old 07-12-2011, 02:58 AM   #4
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according to Wikipedia,
In graphical computing, a desktop environment (DE) commonly refers to a style of graphical user interface (GUI) derived from the desktop metaphor that is seen on most modern personal computers. These GUIs help the user in easily accessing, configuring, and modifying many important and frequently accessed specific operating system (OS) features. The GUI usually does not afford access to all the many features found in an OS. Instead, the traditional command-line interface (CLI) is still used when full control over the OS is required in such cases.

A desktop environment typically consists of icons, windows, toolbars, folders, wallpapers and desktop widgets (see Elements of graphical user interfaces and WIMP).

A GUI might also provide drag and drop functionality and other features that make the desktop metaphor more complete. A desktop environment aims to be an intuitive way for the user to interact with the computer using concepts which are similar to those used when interacting with the physical world, such as buttons and windows.

While the term desktop environment originally described a style of user interfaces following the desktop metaphor, it has also come to describe the programs that realize the metaphor itself. This usage has been popularized by the Common Desktop Environment and the K Desktop Environment(KDE)
 
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Hi, welcome to LQ!

GUI is a generic term, an abbreviation of "graphical user interface";
as such it includes KDE, which is a graphical "desktop environment".



Cheers,
Tink
thnks ..
 
Old 07-13-2011, 04:54 AM   #6
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Hi Mithun;
As Tinkster said the GUI is the Graphical User Interface. It normally is X-windows in linux. A desktop environment runs under X-windows. There are several, the most common of which are KDE, Gnome, XFCE, and a few others. The desktop environments send data to X-windows to be displayed on your screen. I'd recommend that you try a few desktop environments to determine which one would best meet your needs and aesthetics.

There is also a terminalor console mode which is not a GUI, just plain text. More advanced linux users use this mode frequently as it is often faster and easier than pushing a mouse around the screen (and not all operations can be performed from a GUI). Hint, it takes a while to become competent on the command line.

Have fun while you learn, it's ALMOST impossible to damage you're hardware but you can really mess up your installation if you're not careful. One of the first things to learn is how to make backups (frequently).

Tom
thnks..very much..
 
  


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