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    Yea, this is pure subjective stuff - and it is the Soapbox section.

    Personally I prefer KDE 4, especially with KDE 4.2 out. But Gnome 2.24 is very good. I like the openSUSE implementation best...although most of their tweaks seem focused on the panels & Mono-based apps. Still, like oldcpu I've been playing around with Fedora 10's Gnome and although I appreciate Fedora for being a great "tomorrow's technology, today" distro...I don't see what's so great about their Gnome implementation. Other than their Nodoka theme & extra submenus under the System Menu it seems pretty average.

    I agree with the OP that some settings in KDE could be placed more logically - for example there doesn't seem to be a way to change your desktop wallpaper from System Settings. But I disagree with the claim about the mouse settings - even if you missed the text that said "Keyboard and Mouse", there's a search box. The queries "mouse", "double" and "click" all would have narrowed the available choices enough to make the correct option easy to locate.

    Lastly, something I don't understand: for the KDE 3.5 users who don't like KDE 4 and now use Gnome...
    How is it that you came to decide that since KDE 4 lacks the reconfigurability you prefer, you'd rather use Gnome instead sticking with KDE 3.5? Is it because KDE 3.5 doesn't seem to be getting any more support? I don't mean to start a fight, but I'm curious why you decided that Gnome was what you needed.
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    Don't feed the Troll

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    its like asking for another scotch and getting served jack daniels. It taste nothing like the last scotch and instantly your night is ruined...
    if it aint broken...dont let me near it

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    I've tried KDE 4.1 for some time.. and I was impressed very much. The looks, the eye-candy.. I liked plasma, widgets and Dolphin a lot, but..

    GNOME might be less good-looking, but it's more functional to me.. much more.. and, first off all, it's much easier to manage, easier to learn.

    Both desktops have there ups and downs.. but for me GNOME just does things better.

    Although I must admit, that for most Windows users, if they decide to try Linux, KDE might be a better choice.
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    > How is it that you came to decide that since KDE 4 lacks the
    > reconfigurability you prefer, you'd rather use Gnome instead sticking
    > with KDE 3.5? Is it because KDE 3.5 doesn't seem to be getting any more
    > support? I don't mean to start a fight, but I'm curious why you decided
    > that Gnome was what you needed.


    My guess is stability, but you cannot discount the fact that KDE4 looks like
    a lovechild of Vista/GNOME. KDE lost some of its old personality (not that
    that is necessarily bad from a dev perspective) but if you are to compare
    GNOME/KDE4 there's a general feel that is comparable...and as KDE4 had a
    great deal of bugs and stability issues for many people, one could see how
    they may accept GNOME. Torvalds did. I'm a 3.5 user, still waiting for
    KDE to flesh out. I thought maybe 4.2 would be it, but now I'm waiting on
    4.3.



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    Quote Originally Posted by GofBorg View Post
    > I've got a Gnome desktop that works across two monitors (unlike KDE3),
    Interesting I've run two monitors under KDE3 for several years now.
    My problem was that KDE3 didn't work correctly with two monitors of different resolutions (in my case 1280x1024 and 1680x1050).

    Maximised windows and pop-up menus would assume the larger screen size even when on the smaller screen, and hence menus would not be visible and parts of windows (sometimes the buttons) would not be visible.

    I've helped people work around that problem with KDE3 on this forum, so it isn't just me. If you're interested, the workaround for the windows is to place small dummy transparent kicker panels at certain points, the menus I can't workaround.

    Gnome doesn't suffer from said problem. That doesn't mean Gnome is better than KDE, it just means that Gnome does some things better than KDE, just as KDE does some things better than Gnome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rs3york View Post
    Lastly, something I don't understand: for the KDE 3.5 users who don't like KDE 4 and now use Gnome...
    How is it that you came to decide that since KDE 4 lacks the reconfigurability you prefer, you'd rather use Gnome instead sticking with KDE 3.5? Is it because KDE 3.5 doesn't seem to be getting any more support? I don't mean to start a fight, but I'm curious why you decided that Gnome was what you needed.
    I didn't want to be tied to KDE3 when openSUSE didn't ship it as standard, so, as preparation for the worst case scenario of KDE4 not being acceptable ...

    ... on my homebox I've made the Gnome/KDE3/devilspie/cairo-dock hybrid that I've already mentioned ... mainly because I need a dual-monitor system with separate X screens of different sizes and Gnome does that better than KDE3 ...

    ... but at work, I'm sticking with KDE3 because I can't afford to spend work time messing around, and because the worst case KDE4 scenario might not come to pass, and because I use a single monitor.

    PS - I do have a single but essential KDE4 component in my hybrid setup - Yakuake - it's beautiful, functional and seemingly desktop-agnostic.

    PPS - Nautilus is growing on me now it has tabs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GofBorg View Post
    My guess is stability, but you cannot discount the fact that KDE4 looks like
    a lovechild of Vista/GNOME. KDE lost some of its old personality (not that
    that is necessarily bad from a dev perspective) but if you are to compare
    GNOME/KDE4 there's a general feel that is comparable...and as KDE4 had a
    great deal of bugs and stability issues for many people, one could see how
    they may accept GNOME. Torvalds did. I'm a 3.5 user, still waiting for
    KDE to flesh out. I thought maybe 4.2 would be it, but now I'm waiting on
    4.3.
    Yes, but he also said that if the GNOME developers stuff up their next upgrade he might switch back. I guess he sensibly just wants things to work.

    I miss some things from KDE3.5 that are just starting to come back to KDE4 but I'm not irritated enough to switch back or to GNOME.

    I have a feeling that the KDE4 developers were faced with a choice, either release 4.0 or have the project stagnate. After all nothing animates a developer like having bugs found in their software.

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    > I have a feeling that the KDE4 developers were faced with a choice,
    > either release 4.0 or have the project stagnate. After all nothing
    > animates a developer like having bugs found in their software.


    Every developer I've met refuses to acknowledge there are any bugs.

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    Wait until the GNOME folks start overhauling their old code base and bring it up to new technologies, which will happen in the not so distant future. I bet I'll see GNOME people screaming about this just like some are doing it about KDE4. Just wait and see, the transition to the new GNOME won't be flawless either, though they may look at what happened with KDE 4.0 and try to avoid such a disaster, but I'm sure it won't be flawless either

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