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When I installed RH 7.2, I only chose one desktop, Gnome. Why have two, I thought--it seemed redundant to me. But now I'm learning that some programs come with KDE that aren't with Gnome (e.g., an emailer that's been recommended).
What is the purpose of having different desktops? Is it worthwhile to have both? Would it be advantageous for me to reinstall and include both this time?
A good reason is versatility (sp?). The only one I've used is KDE, and it's extrememly easy to use, especially for Windows crossovers. I think it's nice to have a graphical front to linux, but I also think it's important to learn the console too.
You can use KDE programs with Gnome (and the other way around) if you have both installed, I use kde as my GUI but I also use gnome programs for burning CD's (gcombust and gtoaster), graphics (gimp), and FTP (gFTP).
KDE uses the QT libraries, so if you want to run programs the use the QT libraries, it's a good idea to have them installed. You don't need to have KDE installed, just the libraries, but if you had KDE installed, you have an choice - which is what Linux is all about. Personally, if you don't have a problem with harddisk space, I'd install both (and more) so that you can run whatever program you like from whatever environment you like. I'm currently using SawFish, but to run KWord I need to have the QT libraries, so I have KDE, and Gnome, E, BB, IceWM, FMWM2 (or whatever), WindowMaker, and something called Waimea installed - it's all about choices.