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Old 11-05-2004, 10:06 PM   #1
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Different Distros and KDE/Gnome/Etc.

I'm curious.

My favorite DE is KDE. I also Like XFCE and Ion. I never really liked Gnome but it seems to work better with Ubuntu then KDE. And KDE seems to work better for me with Mandrake then Gnome.

So does anyone have any favorite DE's or Window Mangers for specific distros? Or does anyone think that certain DE's or Window Mangers work better for certain distros but not so well with others?

Or is it more of personal preference thing and all of the work the same in any distro?

Old 11-05-2004, 10:12 PM   #2
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i've never used KDE in slackware. when i had my older laptop, i used to run blackbox. now i've upgraded to a faster one, i used dropline gnone. and i'm fine with it.
with Red Hat, a couple of years ago, i used KDE. its cool back then (when its still not using metacity. )

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Old 11-05-2004, 10:21 PM   #3
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Certain distros pick one DE instead of a nother to standardize on. Mandrake uses KDE so it's better on it than GNOME. Unbutu probably likes GNOME so it's better with it.

You can always switch to something else, but some of your helper apps might not go hand in hand with another DE, but it should'nt be too much of a problem.

KDE with Mandrake, GNOME with Fedora, KDE with Slackware.
Old 11-12-2004, 05:49 PM   #4
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I don't know... kde isn't very good with Slackware... GNOME is. This is probably because Slackware has absolutely no preference, that is why it is the Slackers' theory that Slackware has no preference... everything is out of the box... that is why again there are no slackware themes for the specific DEs because everything is so out of the box.
Old 11-13-2004, 07:03 PM   #5
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Well what do you like about GNOME on slack? Slack has no GUI apps so there shouldn't be a difference... unless GNOME in general has more config stuff. Also, I think Slackware's gonna drop gnome. At least that's what i've heard.
Old 11-25-2004, 10:22 AM   #6
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Yeah I know... everyone is talking about that rumor... but I don't think slack will drop Gnome because alsa stinks with Slack+KDE... many people will choose GNOME because alsa actually works with it... BTW... alsa is the biggest problem with Slackware right now... otherwise it is awesome.
Old 11-25-2004, 02:51 PM   #7
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heh really? Alsa drivers need gnome or are they just hard to control without? I would use the volume manager with KDE since it can do alsa... but KDE will crash later if I have those systemtray apps :-\. It's not great, I know, that's one of the problems with KDE, but its still my DE of choice.
Old 11-26-2004, 07:40 PM   #8
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Just my 2 cents - KDE works excellently under Slack 10 -- J.W.
Old 11-27-2004, 03:33 AM   #9
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And my is that Gnome r0X0r5 my b0X0r5!

Sigh. . .

I use WindowMaker for Slackware... I find it works the best on slack.

I use Gnome for Gentoo... well I used Gentoo with gnome for quite a while... but I found myself spending too much time dicking around with gentoo and not doing anything productive. I like Gnome the best out of all the DEs... and I find that is works really well on Gentoo with everything GTKed out in the USE flags..

I use KDE with SuSE... SuSE just pimps KDE out with all sorts of eye bleeding goodies. . . But I wish I liked KDE more... or I would spend more time with distros like SuSE. I think I spent about half a year with SuSE.

I use fluxbox with Debain based distros. . . mostly DSL -- I love it... so nice to use on older systems and so small I can download and burn on site without a long wait.

What I would like to see. . . is WindowMaker improved for more hard core desktop use. The latest release was great... bringing much needed updates to WM... but there is so much to be done -- and I don't mean more dock apps. The WINGs tool kit can use a face lift too.

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Old 11-27-2004, 03:56 AM   #10
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I like KDE with both Fedora and Gentoo.

Main reason I don't use GNOME is the whole nearly-mac-osx interface with the menus at the top - I don't like it. And yes, I know i can turn it off - it was off by default in FC2 - but I can't be bothered.

Another thing that turned me off GNOME was Nautilus' new spatial system. Instead of everything opening in one window (which i prefer - keeps my 1024x768 desktop tidy) each folder opens in a seperate window. Again, I can turn it off, but I can't be bothered.

The thing I like most about KDE is the Control Centre. I think it's so much easier to edit your prefs in it, and I couldn't find anything like it for GNOME.

I've tried XFCE (it and GNOME are installed with KDE on my FC3 partition) and didn't like it much. Tried Fluxbox - wasn't capable of making the leap from the style of KDE/GNOME/XFCE to Flux/Blackbox/that strange default X one.

So basically, KDE is definately my favourite, BUT GNOME is looking interesting in FC3 - might have to try it out again some other time.


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