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Old 01-04-2005, 04:18 PM   #1
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KDE vs Gnome

Hi everyone.
I'm brand new to linux, i have just purchaced Mandrake Linux 10.1 for x86-64
I just got it yesterday and i am now trying to decide which GI i should use.
Should I KDE or Gnome????
Old 01-04-2005, 04:21 PM   #2
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KDE is better for newbies. Gnome is more suited for hardcore users. This is my personal opinion and observation. All newbies I know personally, like KDE better than Gnome.

Old 01-04-2005, 04:25 PM   #3
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Whats the difference between the two??
Old 01-04-2005, 04:25 PM   #4
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I regret to inform you this thread will be closed.

This specific endless debate can only be solved one way: try both, decide yourself!
Old 01-04-2005, 04:26 PM   #5
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You could use either or:


and the list goes on and on.......
Old 01-04-2005, 04:27 PM   #6
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KDE is more business-like but has a lot of overhead.
Gnome is prettier but does less.

Choose as you wish. For those who are unaccustomed to Linux, I'd suggest KDE. You could always switch later,... and then back again,... and back again again... and again again and again...
Old 01-04-2005, 04:54 PM   #7
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how do you switch?
Old 01-04-2005, 07:21 PM   #8
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im new to linux, but i think i can comment, mandrake 10.1 users, install both, you can switch when you login.
personally i like kde better, but some of the games i got only work in gnome.
Old 01-04-2005, 08:31 PM   #9
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KDE is more like a windows interface and Gnome is more like a Mac interface. What more is there to say?
Old 01-04-2005, 10:06 PM   #10
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Plus some distros do not let you see a pure gnome or kde anyway.... they bluecurve them
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I have to agree, it can only be decided by which one "you like" and not so much which is better. Early on I had a hard time browsing around the OS with gnome and could find everything I needed in KDE, however now that I am getting more experienced with Linux, I am finding I like Gnome better because as it was stated, to me, KDE is almost "windowsXPish" to me. This also just my opinion, which on most days is worth a free sandwich.

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How is GNOME "hardcore"?
Old 01-04-2005, 10:21 PM   #13
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how do you switch???
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if you boot into graphical mode, you can change it with your login manager. in text mode, you can run go to /etc/X11/xinit (I think) and run some of those scripts.

As for KDE vs GNOME, I like GNOME's look for its simplicity but KDE's functionality. KDE's look isn't bad if you use plastik and certain things I turn off or on. KDE has a lot of options so to me, I figure it'd scare the newbie. GNOME's set up stuff is very simple and easier to use, but you have less control. If you want control, you have to run gconfig or something like that (correct me if i'm wrong since I don't remembeR) and it's like Windows' registry editor. Firefox and gaim use GTK, so that you may want to take into consideration if you want everything to look the same. I juse use them in KDE since I don't really care.
Old 01-04-2005, 11:22 PM   #15
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I prefer kde. Personally I think it has a more "fun" look...and I like that. It's also very customizable...I change it's look to my mood. Gnome is okay, the newer version is much better in my opinion, but it's just less appealing to me. It's simply a personal opinion. I really don't think kde is limited to "newbs" nor' do I think gnome is limited to "hardcore" users.

Whatever floats your boat I suppose..and KDE floats mine

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