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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RE[3]: From GNOME to KDE and back
by leos on Sat 22nd Mar 2008 05:03 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: From GNOME to KDE and back"
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Gnome, Firefox and many other programs have a simple solution: plugins.

Firefox has this solution, there I agree with you. Gnome does not. Since when do many Gnome applications have plugins? Can I add plugins to give me a global menu bar? Can I add a plugin to give me a better file dialog? Can I add a plugin to integrate all apps with a global spell checker? Gnome has a set of features and for the most part they can't be modified much. There certainly is nothing like the extension system that Firefox has.

Now you can hand pick what features are available and not be bothered by features cluttering up the interface that only a few people use, sometimes.

And 99% (PFTA statistic) of users will never be aware of what the software is capable of and not be able to take advantage of it. It's one solution, but it also has its downsides.

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