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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RE[5]: I don't think so
by lemur2 on Wed 1st Apr 2009 04:41 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: I don't think so"
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"I don't understand what weakness it is that you think KDE has that GNOME does not have. GNOME applications are very poor performers under KDE, because they have to load massive GNOME libraries. Applications such as OpenOffice, Firefox and Thunderbird are the same on both KDE and GNOME, because they basically use the libraries of neither. What's the difference?
Massive GNOME libraries? Like what? Glib? It's tiny as are most GNOME libraries. In fact I can't quite figure out what massive library you could be referring to. Firefox and OpenOffice actually can use some GNOME libraries if you want to build support for it. "

Partial lists here:

(1) Platform Modules

(2) Desktop Modules

(3.1). Graphical Interfaces

(3.2). Virtual File System

(3.3). Configuration and Lockdown

(3.4). Internationalization

(3.5). Accessibility

(3.6). Multimedia

(3.7). Printing

(4.1). Clipboards and Drag and Drop

(4.2). D-BUS Messaging

(4.3). Bonobo and CORBA

(4.4). Service Discovery

(4.5). XML and Web Services

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Desktop technologies:

Language bindings:

Then, of course, lately there has been effectively added an extra 60MB or so of Mono libraries.

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