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View Poll Results: Desktop Environment of the Year
KDE 1,253 64.86%
Gnome 496 25.67%
XFCE 170 8.80%
GNUstep 11 0.57%
Ximian 2 0.10%
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Old 01-28-2006, 02:53 PM   #1
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Desktop Environment of the Year

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Old 01-29-2006, 08:18 PM   #2
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KDE, it continues to make strides in becoming the best free desktop on the market... Usability, looks, and especially features. Plus KDE (KDE4 specifically) has a bright future ahead of it.
Old 01-30-2006, 12:41 AM   #3
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Gnome, cause it is not so fancy as KDE (that's advantage) and also well does its job.
Old 01-30-2006, 03:36 AM   #4
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Xfce, it's much faster than Gnome or KDE, and still very userfrendly
Old 01-30-2006, 06:42 AM   #5
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Personally I really like KDE, it was the first GUI I used and came to enjoy the eye candy and the useful tools and applications. Gnome too is quite nice and has some useful tools and applications as well, but I think I'm just a KDE person, just like people are drawn to different distros. Xfce is quite a nice little GUI to if you want something fast or have an old machine with not much memory.
Old 01-30-2006, 07:46 AM   #6
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Gnome sits well for me between the complexity of KDE and the (Desktop Environment) minimalist XFCE4, though I try them all a couple of times a year to keep abreast of developments.

For me, my Gnome desktop handles shares well, stays out of my way, and lets me do the work that I want to do. With the proper plugins, Nautilus is even decent these days.
Old 01-30-2006, 11:37 AM   #7
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Objectively I would say Gnome deserves the title . Because of its the progress it has MADE

Personal gut-feeling response would be KDE
Old 01-30-2006, 11:42 AM   #8
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i like gnome but i like KDE better. i also use xfce. but mostly i use KDE because its what im used to using all the time so i know it well.
Old 01-30-2006, 12:35 PM   #9
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Ive been stuck with KDE all the time from the beginning...tried gnome a few times..but just could not stick to it
Old 01-30-2006, 12:37 PM   #10
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By far the best improved and for it's features has to be KDE though I don't use it. (fluxbox here)
Old 01-30-2006, 01:07 PM   #11
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I mainly use Fluxbox, but I am giving XFce a good try and have to say I'm impressed. Will be interesting to see the changes to XFce 4.4.
Old 01-30-2006, 01:25 PM   #12
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I really like XFCE and GNOME, but KDE takes the title for me. It keeps on improving at a very fast rate and has a lot of features that are lacking in other DEs.
Old 01-30-2006, 01:55 PM   #13
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KDE is the most solid, the most complete, and the one who happens to have a vast number of good applications written for it. So, I voted KDE.
Old 01-30-2006, 01:57 PM   #14
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I use Gnome at the moment, but both KDE and Xfce have also made significant improvements in recent years.
Old 01-30-2006, 03:04 PM   #15
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I love Gnome unfortunately KDE is tacking the best steps in the right direction so my vote goes to kde, which I'm using in my FreeBSD desktop.


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