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I KNOW this will start off a passionate and heated debate:
I've been running RHL 8.0 with its default Window Manager GNOME for a month now and I'm decently happy with it (although I don't know what other WMs are like). Is there a good reason for me to start using KDE instead?
With Bluecurve there shouldn't be much difference in the look anyway, right? Can I and should I get rid of bluecurve: am I missing out?
More importantly, will Open Office and Mozilla run under KDE, as they seem to be "GNOME applications", if there is such a thing?
If you are set on the Windows look and feel, stick to Blue. I don't think that's a bad thing at all.
If you want to learn more or try something different, I, like acid, really like Blackbox and its close cousins, particularly Fluxbox. Other than TWM, it's about as simple as it gets if that's what you want. You can "pep" it up a little too if you require things like icons and stuff.
I would have to agree with Artimus, if you are happy stay there. If you are looking for something that is going to be faster and lighter (one of the only reasons to switch) KDE is not going to help you much. Along with the recommendations above, I would suggest XFce. Version 4 based on GTK2 is still under development, but very usable. It has a great group of developers and is very light, fast, and usable. Check it out some time...
So far it has been. I don't have the fastest of system, but I have noticed very little difference in the handling between the two. I have been running v4 for about 3 weeks now. If you are curious, I would suggest you grab the latest CVS and give it a try. There is a fairly comprehensive page on how to download, compile and install it at: