Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Sep 2007 14:45 UTC, submitted by thebluesgnr
SuSE, openSUSE "OpenSUSE has been driving innovation on the Linux desktop, and in today's serial we'll be discovering just what has been happening on the GNOME front. Among other things, openSUSE 10.3 is set to contain, and be among the very first to have, the new GNOME 2.20. We'll see what new things you can expect from this version, what additional polish openSUSE brings to the desktop, and finally we'll be talking to JP Rosevear, an openSUSE and GNOME developer, to find out a little more."
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RE[2]: KDE?
by shykid on Fri 21st Sep 2007 16:59 UTC in reply to "RE: KDE?"
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I know this is likely going to turn into another GNOME v. KDE flamewar, but I'll just throw in my two cents before it gets too hot for me.


Gnome on the other hand sticks with the UNIX philosophy. Make small apps that do one or two things and do them well.

Not necessarily. What you're describing is more akin to Fluxbox or something similar. When compared to KDE, this might hold some water, but some GNOME-centric apps like Evolution have multiple functions. Hell, Kmail and KAddressBook and friends are also standalone programs in addition to offering integration into Kontact. Also, for some, not offering sufficient preferences or features means the app doesn't do its thing well.

KDE takes on the philosophy of Windows in the apps department. Throw in everything and the kitchen sink and make it as complex as possible because that means it is good.

KDE is a lot more complex and offers a lot more options compared to GNOME; however, they are usually intuitively presented (minus Konqueror, the panel, and the god-awful Kopete), unlike how things are in Windows. KControl does a reasonably good job of sorting the plethora of customizations available for KDE itself.

Each KDE app has its settings and customization dialogs in the same menu. While that's true for GNOME (Edit menu, IIRC) as well, it's not for Windows; I've seen Options dialogs stored in everything from File to Help. I prefer the dedicated Settings menu that lets you customize everything and the kitchen sink, to GNOME's minimalistic approach.

That's the thing, though: "I prefer". Neither elegant minimalism nor endless customization are better than the other. One may be better for certain people or certain circumstances, but one is not definitively superior for everybody. That's the beauty of having the two major desktop environments in Linux so contrasting in philosophy and approach.

Edited 2007-09-21 17:03

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