Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 13th Nov 2003 05:19 UTC
Fedora Core Fedora Core 1 has been out now for a few days now and many faithful Linux fans have already installed it. Red Hat's Linux is still one of my favorite distributions because of one main reason: compatibility with Linux software. Red Hat is a market leader and following the market leader assures the least trouble for most users. But is this the case with Fedora Core?
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Ok, fair enough
by Alex on Thu 13th Nov 2003 02:33 UTC

"Mostly because Fedora's main DE is Gnome and all the tools are written wiht GTK+. KDE is there, but it has a second role, we like it or not."

Yes, the DEFAULT is GNOME, but the default can easily be changed and unlike before KDE is installed by default and is not quite as crippled as it used to be. Furthermore, having the tools written in GTK+ is no big reason, Mandrake's tools are also written in GTK+ and they have KDE as their default and GNOME plays second role.

Even if its not the default, I think it deserves more attention.

"Yes, I do like Gnome's simplicity better than KDE's bloatware."

I have to totally agree with you on this, and thats why I was a big advocate of fixing this bug: http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=53772 with KDE's super bloated context menus.

KDE's interface is way too bloated in some areas, too many toolbar icons, unsensitive context menus etc. however codewise it is not bloated because it pretty much just uses Kparts and loads on demand.

But, I am very happy to see that KDE developers are more aggresive at quickly fixing usability bugs and adding acesibility features. Competition and its fruits are sweet ;)

However, I think GNOME is too much the opposite of KDE, many of its parts lack essential features to me, thats why I go back to KDE after trying GNOME. For example, I can't even change permissions of a folder and its subfolders, something that takes a single checkbox in KDE is not available in GNOME. In GNOME I would need to click each folder and file to change permissions. Making a usable and friendly desktop does not mean sacrificing such features, a balance needs to be struck and I think that KDE is too heavy on options in somea reas and GNOME is the opposite.
Also, I READ GNOMEDESKTOP.ORG, XFCE.ORG, ENLIGHTENMENT.ORG etc. I like both GNOME, KDE and many other desktops, I will not just stick to one because I like its developers or community, I will stick with it because the alternatives I have tried did not satisfy me.

Out of curiosity Eugenia, do you choose GNOME over KDE jsut because of the reasons you gave me. basically, do you choose it on technical merit only or something more, I am hoping the latter, but we are all people so its hard to jsut choose a preference for a product because it is better. Oftentimes how used someone is to it will be far more important.