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I take it you mean GNOME, not genome. You can not say which one is better, only which one you prefer. KDE is certainly much heavier (and bloated) which makes many newer users think it is better. GNOME is not exactly lightweight either though. And sure you can install both. Just install them. Your login manager will then give you a choice of which DE you wish to load when you try to log in. You've not mentioned anything baout what system you are running though, so we can't be more specific.
When I first began using linux it used a console (no graphics) and was much faster than any screen software application. When I added KDE it had been around and modified to a usable state. With faster computers it was possible to enhance the functionality even more than before. My latest choice for OS is Ubuntu (formerly a RedHat user) Ubuntu's default is Gnome, and I have learned to like it. I especially like the fact that it can run KDE applications so I don't lose anything. I used to run KDE and switch to Gnome to run Gnome apps, but now I just run Gnome and choose the best of both worlds. If only Windows apps would run as well under Linux as Linux apps, then I wouldn't need anything else. I have a very nice RAD tool for Windows that I can't port to Linux (Clarion 4) but would like to be able to use. Clarion after 4 became too bulky and expensive to run on my systems. (They increased functionality and license fees when Topspeed bought the company)
Today I prefer Gnome, but I'm not opposed to looking at what my future choice may become.
I especially like the fact that it [gnome] can run KDE applications so I don't lose anything. I used to run KDE and switch to Gnome to run Gnome apps, but now I just run Gnome and choose the best of both worlds.
Actually KDE can run "gnome-applications" just as easily (well KDE does not run them really, but you get the point -- an app is run, and there's the DE around). The point is not "KDE/Gnome apps", but rather what was used to build them (the user interface). By "KDE apps" you probably refer to apps created using Qt, and "Gnome apps" would mean GTK+. If you have the appropriate libraries installed, you can run GTK-apps on a "Qt-based" desktiop environment and vice versa. Actually you can run both even if you used some tiny window manager that had little or nothing to do with Qt/GTK The outlooks then depend on the environment and settings (for example do Qt-apps look the same as on KDE or not), but the programs themselves don't care much about the desktop environment they are running in, except if the programmer explicitly would want to mess with that.
Windows apps would run under some circumstances (say using Wine), but surely not as well as the best native apps.
In short, pick your apple or orange, consume it and live happily until the next release.