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Old 12-01-2004, 06:51 AM   #1
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recent versions of gnome

Is it just me or are the recent versions of GNOME really starting to kick arse?

Of course, I am a sucker for simplistic designs and professional interfaces.

I hear there are quite a few guru's who are pissed off that they can now change the system time graphically, and are revolting and starting their own branch of gnome. Ahh, the beauty of open source.

In any case, I think the GNOME interface now surpasses that of windows xp and of osx. IMHO. If only they would get their act together and make a control centre (yes, that's how it's spelt) that distro's could add modules to, without 3 seperate menu's for different configuration entries.

When I started using linux seriously, about a year ago, I was hooked on kde because everything was in natural places coming from a windows background. Whenever I tried gnome, I would get pissed off by that fact that many basic, everyday tasks required me to revert to the command line. However I believe that the future of desktop linux lies with gnome, for one simple reason: the toolkit. Where gtk apps can be ported to windows easily, eg Gimp, I have yet to find a qt app that's been ported to windows and is easy to install, since those qt guys make you pay to get the toolkit for windows, or a stupid 30 day trial. And unless we can get main linux apps in the face of windows users, ie firefox, so that conversion isn't a totally new experience, then we are never going to capture desktop market.

Anyway enough of my ranting and raving.

Since this is linux QUESTIONS (dot) org, I suppose I had better ask a question, so who agrees with me? What are all your guys's views on gnome, and kde?
Old 12-01-2004, 08:44 AM   #2
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I've been a KDE user for years and used GNOME 1.4 which I liked a lot. GNOME 2.8's interface looks very good and simple for me and I like the way it behaves. Sometimes these so called Gurus think they know whats best for everyone, I don't think so. Sometimes being able to do things graphically saves a lot of time and makes GNOME easy to use for us non Gurus.
Old 12-01-2004, 08:48 AM   #3
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there is a story on slashdot that Debian "Sarge" will include Gnome 2.8

Gnome is hitting the big time now........LOL

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