Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Mar 2009 18:43 UTC, submitted by elsewhere
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Any discussion about GNOME vs. KDE is sure to end in tears. It's basically impossible to discuss which of these two Free desktop environments is better than the other, mostly because they cater to different types of people, with different needs and expectatotions. As such, Bruce Byfield decided to look at the two platforms from a different perspective: if we consider their developmental processes, which of the two is most likely to be more successful in the coming years?
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Seeing the article title, I assumed they would pick Gnome. KDE is still working out the bugs in its latest revision, which was major enough that a.) it still has bugs and b.) it alienated a lot of users

Well, there does seem to be a concerted effort going around trying to make it seem as though a lot of "users" were alienated.

The real fact of the matter, though, is that, in a fashion entirely similar to KDE 4.0, GNOME 2.0 and 2.2 were also broken releases, with most users sticking with GNOME 1.4, until it started to come good with GNOME 2.6.

Where KDE has better technology, though, GNOME has proven stability, and backing from Red Hat, Novell, Sun... Granted, KDE now benefits from Nokia purchasing Trolltech, but I'm betting there's more money in GNOME.

Possibly so. That is why it is being "pushed" ... especially the inclusion of Mono into GNOME. Monied interests behind that, no doubt.

The interesting thing is, in the context of the topic of this thread, while GNOME is increasingly being laboured with Mono overhead, KDE 4.2.x (now including Qt 4.5) is getting slicker and quicker and cleaner all the time at a very encouraging pace.

Meanwhile, Qtcreator/Qt/C++/GCC reportedly lets one develop fast functional, good-looking and cross-platform (but still native) appliactions quickly, and it is now licensed as LGPL.

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