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Old 12-25-2005, 10:20 AM   #1
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gnome vs kde?


i'm pretty new to linux. what's the current scoop on gnome vs kde? i.e. which one is the better application/more popular or is it pretty even? gnome has kind of a mac feel to it while kde is more like windows.
 
Old 12-25-2005, 10:23 AM   #2
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Three simple reasons to choose KDE:

1. KDE has a lot, lot more apps.
2. KDE is more configurable and usually works very well by default.
3. KDE has better printing support (that is to say that KDE's printer configuration works better for many people. With Gnome, you might have to use CUPS directly to configure printing).
 
Old 12-25-2005, 10:24 AM   #3
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I think vanilla is better than chocolate. But sometimes I get sick of vanilla and have chocolate anyway.
 
Old 12-25-2005, 10:28 AM   #4
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not again... this question has been asked a gazillion times here. Use the forum's search function.
 
Old 12-25-2005, 10:36 AM   #5
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Three simple reasons to choose Gnome:

1 - Gnome has less applications then KDE, but they are way more professional, such as gftp, Gimp, rythymbox...
2 - It is less resources demanding and can look good as hell too. One of my screenshots:
http://goto.glocalnet.net/torch/scre...ndy800x600.png
3 - Most of the biggest companies out there are embracing Gnome, such as Sun Microsystem with Solaris and Java Desktop System, Novel has purchased the Ximian desktop, so most likely their OS (SuSE) is going to get a nice implementation of Gnome in the future (even though it's all KDE now) and the biggest Linux vendor out there, Redhat, is and always had been a Gnome supporter.
 
Old 12-25-2005, 10:43 AM   #6
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Sigh, use both and decide which one you prefer.
 
Old 12-25-2005, 10:46 AM   #7
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Strawberry isn't that bad either.
 
Old 12-25-2005, 11:11 AM   #8
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Just use whatever you like, thats the beauty of opensource. To me they cater for different types of individuals. KDE seems to be good for those users who like total control over their desktop because its highly configurable and has a lot more apps and features when compared to GNOME. GNOME on the other hand would suite those that like simplicity although it can be difficult to configure even some basic settings because a lot of advanced options are hidden from the user or are simply not there.

You can even install both of them and choose between the two whenever you want.
 
Old 12-25-2005, 04:48 PM   #9
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Not really a fan of either, but one point:

In gnome...YOU CAN'T MOVE THE WINDOW ABOVE THE TOP OF THE SCREEN.

That's it. For me that's a dealbreaker. I like low res cos my eyes don't work that great and at 800x600 the OK and Cancel buttons for some things are lower than the bottom of the screen, but in gnome you can't move the bloody window up to get to them. And...with the current version of gnome you can't even change the window manager from metacity to something *good*.

So that's it. The people at gnome seem to thing they know best (spacial navigation?!) and I disagree.

I use enlightenment anyway, but I've swung completely from being a gnome fan to really loathing it.
 
Old 07-20-2006, 01:43 AM   #10
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linquistics and grammar. Feh.
 
Old 07-20-2006, 02:07 AM   #11
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Here is a comparisson that I wrote (with input from others) that attempts to be an objective comparison of KDE and Gnome.

Basically, try both and use whichever you like the best.

--Ian
 
Old 07-20-2006, 09:23 AM   #12
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Don't worry about which apps you need to chose from--KDE apps will run in GNOME and GNOME apps will run in KDE. I personally use KDE, but use several GNOME applications rather than the KDE equivalents (GQView, Pan, The GIMP).

I prefer KDE over GNOME for a number of reasons, but it's really a matter of personal preference. I like the Konqueror file browser much better than Nautilus. I like KDE's slideshow wallpaper option. I like KDE's taskbar better than GNOME's.
 
  


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