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Old 01-29-2007, 05:58 PM   #1
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why do programs only run in particular environments?

I'm at the applications page and it says "If you would like to browse the applications divided in environments, choose wanted environment below."

If I understand correctly:

Why do certain programs only run in certain environments?
If I download firefox will it only work in one or the other?
Why do GNOME and KDE each have their own web browers?
Old 01-29-2007, 06:18 PM   #2
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It's not that the programs necessarily run only in one environment, but that they are created with a look and feel that suits a particular enviroment. Personally I use mostly KDE tools even though I use the Gnome desktop. They work fine, but they look like KDE. Each desktop environment is the creator's idea of what a good desktop environment should be. They include many tools that take advantage of the environment in terms of look and feel. You can dowload any program for Linux and run it the way you want. And yes, Firefox too. You can even get themes for Firefox that make it look like a Gnome application! Each enviroment has it's fans and these fans also contribute applications that follow the look and feel of their chosen environment.
Old 01-29-2007, 06:21 PM   #3
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You can any program in any environment. With that said though you have to be willing to install the necessary components of the other environment to do so. For example programs like Vim (a text editor) will run in any environment. But if you would like to us gVim you will need vim along with necessary Gnome libraries. So if your already using Gnome you've already got those libraries, no problem. If your running KDE, you'll need to go get those libraries in addition to all the KDE libraries you already have.

So, the short answer is yes Firefox will run on either. Firefox uses GTK which for Gnome. KDE is based off of Qt.

They have their own browsers because KDE and Gnome are full environments. So their goal in life is to try to provide the end user with just about everything they need for their daily tasks. Like CD burning, file broswing, internet, etc.

Does that help?
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That helps - thanks


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