Linked by Paul Pianta on Tue 4th May 2004 18:45 UTC
KDE This article aims to provide an insight into some aspects of KDE usability as seen by a long term Gnome user making the switch, as well as provide a mini-review of SUSE LIVE CD 9.1 - including the obligatory screenshot of course!
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by pixelmonkey on Tue 4th May 2004 23:41 UTC

Well, I am using the SuSE Live CD right now. And I'm pretty impressed. Although I have all the kde libraries installed on my debian/gnome system (I make regular use of KDE apps), I never knew how nice a fully integrated KDE-based distro could be.

SuSE really makes a nice package, I'm impressed. This is a system both newbies and power users can appreciate. For one thing, YaST looks really powerful, and is probably a major help for people who don't know their way around a *nix system via the console.

I have to just make one point--I've completely gotten over the KDE versus Gnome flamewar thing. I just hope both developer camps come up with good standards via fd.o so I can use applications developed under either framework. As is, I have KDE configured on my Gnome system using Plastik with colors matching my Industrial GTK2 theme and fonts matching as well. So, basically my KDE apps look very similar to my Gnome apps, and integrate nicely on the desktop. I have no problem using some of the beautifully designed KDE apps that exist out there, such as Scribus, Celestia, and k3b to name a few. The "desktop" I choose (that is, Gnome) is mainly for usability purposes... I like gpanel better, I like Gnome's ALT+F2 better, I like Nautilus better (especially 2.6's), etc. But these are such personal choices. There are so many good apps out there in BOTH camps, I just wish that everyone would agree it's worth the effort to create workable standards rather then reinvent the wheel. OSNews writers have suggested on multiple occasions that Gnome lacks this or that app that KDE has. I think it's so silly. Just use the KDE one, why ask for developers to reimplement it?

I understand that users want consistency in their programs, but Gnome and KDE are already "pretty" consistent UI wise. All of them have menus, toolbars, etc. So the save and open dialogs are a little different, big deal. Microsoft has been doing that for years, and no one whines about it. Ever notice how the UI widgets in MS Office are often completely different from those implemented by developers using MS' OWN IDEs?

Oh well, that's a bit off tangent. But SuSE really is nice. It'll probably be the distro I reccomend to any newbies i come across.