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Old 09-06-2004, 11:55 PM   #1
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Question What is difference between GNOME and KDE


Its just a few days since i am into linux,
In one of the recent posts i found ppl discussing regarding GNOME and KDE in Suse and Slackware... pray can any one give me some info into the difference and possibly the history.......
 
Old 09-07-2004, 12:07 AM   #2
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check out their websites: kde.org and gnome.org.

kde has more eye-candy generally, but gnome can have just as much really. gnome tends to be a bit faster too.

if you program and you want to be able to sell your work, use gnome.
 
Old 09-07-2004, 12:08 AM   #3
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i mean there's a million things to compare between the two, and we don't want to start a kde vs. gnome war, so that's the simple answer.
 
Old 09-07-2004, 12:40 AM   #4
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There is not a lot of difference from a user point of view. One uses c++ and Qt the other tends to use c and gtk...

gnome reall y came to life due to issues with the early qt license which was not totally 'free', so an alternative was born which used the gimp widget set (Gimp Tool Kit).

I use KDE because I started with it in the early beta days before gnome existed, so it's just something you get used to. But some of the gnome/gtk apps are better, so I use those. If I get around to finishing the app I have planned it will probably be gtk as I can get by in C but C++ has be stumped still
 
Old 09-07-2004, 12:56 AM   #5
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Gnome is pretty pretty,
and KDE is pretty good ;}

Both are fat old memory-hogs.


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 09-07-2004, 01:08 AM   #6
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Yes, but PC's have too much speed and ram these days, so might as well fill them up with KDE and gnome...

Mind you my 256meg ram P3-700 does okay with KDE...
 
Old 09-07-2004, 01:54 AM   #7
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And my P4-1.8 512M notebook is flying with flux ;)



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yay for flux. i have an amd 2200 and 512 mb ram and still have no reason to switch from fluxbox to kde/gnome,even though it could probably handle it pretty good. i just love the simplicity of wm's, i don't even use 90% of the stuff that comes with kde/gnome anyway.
 
Old 09-07-2004, 05:17 AM   #9
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And my P4-1.8 512M notebook is flying with flux
I have a feeling it would fly with two x server sessions running with KDE and gnome simultaneously as well

I'm getting close to an upgrade, but linux does stretch your hardware further I think... I only got the P3 when my P120 blew up in 2000

So now I'm holding out for a AMD64 maybe... Tho I might get a amd xp2600ish now instead... Don't know, the ol P3 still works good...
 
Old 09-07-2004, 05:49 AM   #10
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Try 'em both out and see for yourself Linux is all about choice and you can not only have them but the XFCE desktop and a lot of window managers

I've used about all of them. As far as GNOME and KDE, I use apps from both. My current desktop is GNOME. I just like the way it looks and interacts better.
 
Old 09-07-2004, 09:49 AM   #11
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Talking

Got lot of replies but seriously i have not understood it but i shall try.... well lets say i am using RH9 then what am i using kde or gnome???????????????????
 
Old 09-07-2004, 09:59 AM   #12
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Both gnome and kde are included so you could be using either - tho I think RH defaults to gnome, right? The splash screen during startup usually says if it's gnome or kde...
 
Old 09-07-2004, 10:12 AM   #13
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I'm a newbie too...so here goes - Could be a case of the blind leading the blind...

From what I understand KDE and GNOME are Window Manager (WM) / Desktops for Linux. Linux itself is the kernel or operating system (OS). It loads into memory and provides services for memory, disc, application management. It's a command line interface (CLI).

KDE and Gnome are the major WM for Linux (they are not the only ones). They provide a graphical user interface (GUI). If you didn't run the GUI you would have to learn a lot of commands and you'd be "pretty much" in a text only world.
 
Old 09-07-2004, 12:46 PM   #14
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but CLI powerful enough..don;t underestimated the pwoer of CLI
 
Old 09-07-2004, 03:06 PM   #15
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yes, bash and other shells at the command line are pretty cool if you take the time to learn them. by the way, kde, gnome, xfce are desktop environments, meaning they have they're a gui plus they have their own apps builtin, while window managers don't have any programs that come with them, but just provide an interface for you to use the software that's already on your computer. the best thing is to try them all out and decide what you like best. i would imagine redhat has several desktop environments and window managers that come with it for you to try out, and if not, you can download some window managers.

here is a good site that compares wm's and de's: http://xwinman.org/
 
  


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