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is there a better one or are they quite the same? i used to use kde and i think its quite good. then i wondered how gnome was so i took a look. its not much different, isnt it? well anyway, what is the difference? i heard that gnome was originally made with linux or something like that. but yeah.
KDE = memory/resource hog, but nice visual (i hate it all .... 2 slow, 2 annoying)
GNOME = a "clean" windows wannabe (the clean means its less annoying then windows, more professional looking, but its a wannabe, in that its a pain to configure (at least the VFS is ..... i hate all the VFS in KDE and GNOME, they make it harder to use the compute IMHO), GNOME also has a habit of getting in my way a lot)
there are a few other desktop environments ....... but a prefer to use non, and just slap a window manager (FVWM) up with some config options, add a web browser (firefox), image editor (GIMP), chat (xchat, and gaim), 3D modeler (blender), and all the other programs i want, and it ends up being faster, less in my way, no annoying VFS, and looking good (to me). But it is a pain to configure things (no control panel ... which is nice for me, i hate them)
it all just depends on what you want, and how much work you are willing to put into it.
ditto on the fvwm. You can make it look beautiful and a lot faster than either. I guess it depends on what you want out of your desktop. Try them all. Use whatever you like. Me I find a full blown desktop actually slows down my productivity because it just to cluttered and has way to many GUI toys and options that are not necessary.