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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From GNOME to KDE and back
by WereCatf on Fri 21st Mar 2008 23:08 UTC
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2006-02-15

I have used GNOME for years, then I decided to try KDE on my laptop. I seriously tried to like it and I didn't even have any GNOME apps installed, I wanted to try all the KDE replacements. Yet, I just didn't like KDE. It is just so darn full of needless cruft.. Gazillion menu entries in every single app, right-clicking on anything brings up a similar menu.. Oh, and there's two things that actually started to bug me quite a lot: when I dragged a file from Konqueror window to desktop or vice versa, it always asked me what I want it to do. In GNOME it defaults to moving the file and copying it if the those two locations aren't under the same mount point. It just started to bug me. One other thing I would odd in KDE was that if I f.ex. wanted to open a PDF file stored on my file server Kpdf had to first copy the file to local filesystem before it could open it. All GNOME apps I had used opened all files without needing a local copy of them. This annoyed me quite a bit since my laptop doesn't have USB2 and the wireless connection is provided by a USB wireless stick..so the essential max. bandwidth is around 500kb/s.

All in all, I would have gotten used to KDE and might not have switched back were it for two things: the thing I mentioned about apps needing local copies of files, and most importantly all the needless cruft and non-polish :O

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