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Old 10-24-2010, 01:05 PM   #1
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KDE / Gnome

I'm sorry, I know this may sound like a stupid question but what is the difference between KDE and GNOME and how do I know which one I have. I'm using a 701SD Xandros Linux by the way. Can someone maybe screenshot a picture of each one so I know which one I have??
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By default GNOME taskbar is on the top of the screen, and KDE on the bottom. However it can be customized. You can have installed both, and even running both simultaneously, but of course work on the one at a time. You can run in terminal:
ps -A | egrep 'kdm|gdm'
If 'kdm' is running, you have KDE, if 'gdm' it is GNOME.

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Just click on help, about
The default Xandros GUI uses a modified version of KDE

Kind regards

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Old 10-24-2010, 01:37 PM   #4
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Xandros Comes with KDE as the default I think.
as for the difference between KDE and Gnome, there are a few, but they are both highly customizable and you could probably make either one look however you want with a bit of work.
KDE is qt based, while gnome is gtk
KDE has a 'start menu' type of thing by default which you use to access basically everything, while Gnome typically has multiple menus by default (you can change this though)
Both have panels that are easy to modify and edit and you can add launchers and various odds and ends too (system monitors, for example)

for KDE screen shots:

and I couldn't find anything like that for Gnomes site so here's an image of Fedora running gnome:


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