Desktop, Gnome or KDE?

Whats the advantage of Gnome over Kde or Kde over Gnome?


Bmtt

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNOME
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KDE

Read up on them. It’s all a matter of preference. Gnome is the default
for some, KDE for others. Gnome, I was told once, tends to focus on
providing things the “right way” so everything is intuitive and makes
sense for everybody, while KDE provides options upon options about
customizing exactly how everything looks and works. SUSE is probably
one of the best distros at fully supporting both; on my SLED 10 SP2
x86_64 box (based on opensuse) I run Gnome primarily but I run several
KDE apps inside because I like them and they work like I want them to
(konsole for my shell, k3b for CD/DVD burning, konqueror for web
browsing at times though Firefox primarily, and kate/kwrite for editing
once in a while though jedit and gedit are my primary text editors
outside vi).

Good luck.

Bmtt wrote:
> Whats the advantage of Gnome over Kde or Kde over Gnome?
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it’s a matter of taste,really :slight_smile:

i like KDE , but 4.2 is a bit unstable for me,so i use GNOME/LXDE until
KDE gets better :expressionless:


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Thanks for the input.How hard is it to switch between the two? Do you
have to reinstall to switch back and forth or is there an easier way?


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Install both and then choose which one you want to use from the login
screen. As mentioned I can run apps from KDE in Gnome so it’s not
exactly like you’re stuck with one or the other in SUSE.

Good luck.

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> Thanks for the input.How hard is it to switch between the two? Do you
> have to reinstall to switch back and forth or is there an easier way?
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Bmtt wrote:
> Whats the advantage of Gnome over Kde or Kde over Gnome?
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My take.

Both are reasonable desktop environments that will
do what MOST people need… which nothing more
than window management (to be quite honest).

KDE 3 is a robust, mature desktop environment
with an excellent communication model and
a myriad of configurables.

Gnome has become (recently) a fairly robust
and stable platform, but still is forced to
carry the ugly of the past along with it
for compatibility reasons. It’s when you
try to really make Gnome sing that you find
it falls flat on its face (just being honest).

With that said, Gnome is the true desktop
environment of the freedesktop.org project,
which IMHO, was designed to fix the extremely
poor plumbing underneath Gnome (and basically
they adopted something very KDE like… but
sufficient different naturally).

KDE 4 is trying to do many things. One main
thing is to replace the pipes of KDE 3 with
the volatile (moving target) underpinnings
from freedesktop.org. If successful it will
bring more intimate interaction between
KDE and Gnome applications no matter which
desktop you choose.

The bad side of KDE 4 is that the interface
designers STINK. Just about everything that
made KDE 3 a much more usable interface over
Gnome is gone. So, in many ways, KDE 4
is very Gnome like… which again, is VERY
close to what you’d have with just a simple
window manager. Sure, the hooks and tricks
are there, but they are so unreliable and
the interface is so awkward…

For people who don’t know any better, they’ll
sing the praises of KDE 4 (4.2). But for
the power users of KDE 3, it’s a different
story. According to the KDE developers,
the KDE 3 underpinnings were a complete
wreck (garbage) and needed to be replaced
badly. So… in the process they gutted
all of the interfaces of every application
and removed the ease of use??

Obviously, like everyone else, I have to
trust that the KDE folks know what they’re
doing. But right now, if I want to be
completely objective about it all, I’d
say the KDE team left the building… and
I’m not sure who’s behind KDE 4.