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[5]: From GNOME to KDE and back
by leos on Sun 23rd Mar 2008 00:34 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: From GNOME to KDE and back"
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Want my advice? Well, I'll give it anyway. Normal users are going to be pretty happy with the defaults.

Absolutely. Normal users are also perfectly happy with Windows.

So we're talking about using Gnome like a geek, here.[1]

Pretty much. Although even non-geeks do change the occasional setting. And you can't predict which setting that will be. Jensen Harris has a very insightful series of posts here:
where he talks about the rationale for the Office 2007 interface redesign. Basically one of the very important points that he makes is that the whole breadth of features in office actually get used quite widely. Office has thousands of features, but they are all there due to customer demand. In other words, you can't remove features without negatively impacting someone, and you can't make simple software that will still work for a lot of people.

So I'll give you the straightforward geek advice. Run through the config process once, and for each change you make, add a gconftool-2 line to a script and save the script in a safe place.

Too much effort. I'm a geek, but not that much of a geek.

Out of curiosity, does KDE have such a facility?

I generally just copy the config files if I have to reinstall. Haven't bothered to find out if there's another way because that's about as easy as it gets.

[1] Why regular users are capable of getting real work done with the defaults, while geeks insist that they are unable to do so without tweaking the hell out of their desktops, I've never understood.

It's not that I can't get work done, it's that I feel more comfortable using the computer when it works as I like it to work. Realistically, if I didn't want to put effort into computing I would still be using Windows, which is absolutely the path of least resistance. But Windows forces me to adapt to how it thinks I should work, and since I've made the effort to switch to an operating system with more freedom, I am absolutely not prepared to enter the same situation. KDE lets me make my own choices about how I use my computer, while Gnome still gets in my way. I don't have the patience to put up with that when I know I don't have to.

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