Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Mar 2008 21:49 UTC
Editorial "I used KDE as my primary desktop from 1996 through 2006, when I installed the GNOME version of Ubuntu and found that I liked it better than the KDE desktop I'd faced every morning for so many years. Last January, I got a new Dell Latitude D630 laptop and decided to install Kubuntu on it, but within a few weeks, I went back to GNOME. Does this mean GNOME is now a better desktop than KDE, or just that I have become so accustomed to GNOME that it's hard for me to give it up?"
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It's not just a window manager
by Dasher42 on Fri 21st Mar 2008 22:41 UTC
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Were we just talking window manager plus applications, it would be a tougher decision. However, my desktop will look like this: multiple browser windows, a mail client, and about a dozen terminal logins grouped into tabs or screen sessions, a calendar, and an IM client.

As of now, KDE and OSX are the only environments that truly show UI consistency and common configurability between the typical applications. When you load up Gnome and then Firefox, and then put in a custom setting for Gnome for keyboard shortcuts or such, will Firefox adopt that change? No. Neither will any other application that is not fully compliant, and it is more common for Gnome users to use applications that are merely GTK-based.

KDE's kitchen-sink mentality does mean more code re-use and more consistent compliance with user preferences in the end. By the time I'm going full blast on my desktop, the shared resources and integration tends to give me a more consistent and responsive environment. The same goes for the Mac, and despite the initial superficial resemblance between Gnome and the Mac, with a little customization to KDE I find myself shifting gears much less switching between it and OSX.

KDE 4 is certainly gaining a cleaner look, and it looks like GTK 3.0 and future Gnome improvements will close these gaps, but my own individual preferences have been better served by KDE or OSX for years.

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