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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by mabhatter on Tue 31st Mar 2009 15:46 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
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even so...It would be great if there was a distro that had kde 1st class and gnome 2nd. There are plenty in the reverse (and yes, kubuntu doesn't count).

All distros that put effort and major support into kde all advertise that they are desktop env. agnostic. It may just be that the reality is that they need to support gnome to have any chance at things like enterprise, but still, it would be nice...

The historical problem is that QT was always licensed GPL or PAY on Linux with Mac and Win being only PAY. For Distros GTK and Gnome started off LGPL, allowing proprietary software to be written on any of the platforms, in fact Gnome was a direct result of the QT licensing.

Now that QT is licensed LGPL too, it should start picking up steam. I always felt KDE was more feature complete than Gnome, but Gnome did a better job with polish. Gnome is more consistent, but hard for users to modify outside the "sandbox" they give you. On the other hand KDE (at least the 3.x series) could be reconfigured to mimic whatever you wanted it to out-of-the-box. Windows, Mac, Gnome...

My biggest problem with KDE is that there was no "KDE" identity, no community (like Ubuntu is for Gnome) that made a good, distinctive design for laptop, netbook, & server and then enforced the HIG across all the "K" apps. All the distros I used only "rebranded" KDE to copy another OS... never giving it it's "OWN" feel, let alone between distros. Now that they've broken KDE4 badly from the past, and added the raw foundation for new and exciting tools that other OSes may not have yet, now is the time for a distro to step up and lead KDE someplace new... that's something missing from Linux distros in general though.

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