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Old 11-10-2003, 12:49 PM   #1
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Gnolme KDE

Whats the difference between Gnolme and KDE? What is Gnolme and KDE?
Did I spell Gnolme wrong?
Old 11-10-2003, 12:58 PM   #2
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I believe you mean GNOME and KDE
GNOME and KDE are two different desktop
environments for *nix that run on top of
the X windows system.

On the surface...
KDE is a bit more configurable
GNOME is geared a bit more towards
a "less is more" attitude.

KDE uses the QT library from Trolltech
GNOME uses the GTK library
Old 11-10-2003, 01:10 PM   #3
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Gnome and KDE are the most common open-source desktop environments for Linux. They handle much of the GUI related operations in Linux (ie opening windows, copying/pasting, games, file management, etc). I suppose you could think of Gnome and KDE as the "Windows" (as in Microsoft) of Linux, in that they give you icons you can click on, a desktop, screensavers, many useful programs, and a lot more.

Gnome which is supposed to be pronounced "Gah-nome", although I think many people just say it as it looks. KDE stands for K Desktop Environment.
Whether you use one or the other is often a souce of flaming in forums. They both offer similar features, with some differences. Some say, "The feel of KDE is different than that of Gnome", and vice versa. I find it difficult to list the differences between Gnome and KDE because I primarily use Gnome, so perhaps the links below will help.

Anyway, that's the gist of Gnome and KDE. For more information, and some nice screenshots, see and

If you use a slow computer, Gnome and KDE may be a little too bloated (ie too memory intensive), so some people like to use plain "window managers" instead of complete desktop environments. These include WindowMaker, IceWM, and more. Basically, they just allow the opening of windows.

Hope this clears things up a bit!


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