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    Default KDE vs GNOME - A complete newbie questions which works better

    Hello,

    I am very new to Linux. I have only used it on my university's computers for my Computer Science classes. Recently I purchased a barebones computer and I am planning on using openSUSE as an operating system. It will be primarily used for hosting a minecraft server, as a storage medium, printing, and running academic software such as R, SAS, LateX and Asymptote.

    I have read an outline of the GUI's KDE and GNOME and the supposed benefits of each.

    I would like to know if KDE's supposed advantage in customization is a purely interface based one(ie. you can change most things directly using graphical methods), or in the actual ability to access the customizable features entirely.

    Further, I would like to know what some users prefer and why. This will be useful to me in deciding which GUI to use.

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    They both have their fans and detractors. If you ask for reasons, it all boils down to the style of GUI that people prefer. The best thing is for yourself to try them both out and openSUSE is one of the easiest distros to do this. You can have both environments installed and you can switch between them on a session by session basis.

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    Default Re: KDE vs GNOME - A complete newbie questions which works better

    Try out both and see what you prefer. They are both good Desktop Environments
    Desktop: Gigabyte GA-Z270-HD3 - Core i7 7700K - openSUSE Leap 42.2 KDE
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    On 12/07/2010 01:06 PM, r b tessier wrote:
    >
    > Hello,
    >
    > I am very new to Linux. I have only used it on my university's
    > computers for my Computer Science classes. Recently I purchased a
    > barebones computer and I am planning on using openSUSE as an operating
    > system. It will be primarily used for hosting a minecraft server, as a
    > storage medium, printing, and running academic software such as R, SAS,
    > LateX and Asymptote.
    >
    > I have read an outline of the GUI's KDE and GNOME and the supposed
    > benefits of each.
    >
    > I would like to know if KDE's supposed advantage in customization is a
    > purely interface based one(ie. you can change most things directly using
    > graphical methods), or in the actual ability to access the customizable
    > features entirely.


    Generally, customization is done through the GUI. I'm not sure what you
    mean by "actual ability to access the customizable features entirely".
    If you mean via the command line, yes, you can tweak things there too,
    in the conf files. Don't think I ever have though.


    > Further, I would like to know what some users prefer and why. This will
    > be useful to me in deciding which GUI to use.


    I use KDE. Mostly because it's what I started out using, and am
    comfortable with it. I've use gnome some (on Ubuntu), and it's fine.

    You can install both, and test them out. You can specify which
    environment to use when you log in. Then use the one that you like best.

    It'll just take a bit more disk space, but given the size of drives
    these days that's a non-issue...


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    Default Re: KDE vs GNOME - A complete newbie questions which works better

    You have the opportunity to try a different liveCD for each one. You can then choose the one that appeals to you the most, or even the one that better supports your machine especially if it's a laptop/notebook. You can then install to the HD, using the chosen liveCD.

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    Default Re: KDE vs GNOME - A complete newbie questions which works better

    If it is easy to switch then the problem is non-existant. Thanks for your help community!

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    Default Re: KDE vs GNOME - A complete newbie questions which works better

    To add to that, it's also not necessary to run a GNOME desktop to run a single GNOME based program, and vice versa.

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    Default Re: KDE vs GNOME - A complete newbie questions which works better

    after reading this thread, I installed a kde on my xfce openSUSE, how do I get to kde now?

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    On 12/07/2010 06:36 PM, yasar11732 wrote:
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    > after reading this thread, I installed a kde on my xfce openSUSE, how do
    > I get to kde now?
    >
    >

    At the bottom of the login screen is a menu called Session Type. Open it...

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    Default Re: KDE vs GNOME - A complete newbie questions which works better

    mine doesn't have that :S

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