Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Mar 2008 21:49 UTC
Editorial "I used KDE as my primary desktop from 1996 through 2006, when I installed the GNOME version of Ubuntu and found that I liked it better than the KDE desktop I'd faced every morning for so many years. Last January, I got a new Dell Latitude D630 laptop and decided to install Kubuntu on it, but within a few weeks, I went back to GNOME. Does this mean GNOME is now a better desktop than KDE, or just that I have become so accustomed to GNOME that it's hard for me to give it up?"
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RE[7]: From GNOME to KDE and back
by leos on Sun 23rd Mar 2008 04:15 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: From GNOME to KDE and back"
leos
Member since:
2005-09-21

I administer about a hundred Linux desktops on XDMCP/NX servers. And believe me, copying around config files to change settings is *not* as easy as it gets. Not granular enough. I need more control and fine-grained configurability than that.


Fine, I'm not the right person to ask about KDE tools to support your need (I'm sure it can be done, but I'm not a systems administrator). We're talking home users here, not systems administrators.

Copying around config files sounds like something out of the DOS dark ages.


For a single user, it's way easier. You don't really expect a home user to bother to learn the syntax of some random config exporting tool do you? Most users will just setup their environment manually after a reinstall, and the next easiest thing is to copy config files (I just copy the whole .kde directory). A dedicated tool is more powerful, but no one but system admins would ever use it, so it's not really relevant to the discussion.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

We're talking home users here, not systems administrators.
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You don't really expect a home user to bother to learn the syntax of some random config exporting tool do you? Most users will just

The topic was geek users who think they need to be able to tweak every conceivable setting. And you just changed it to Aunt Tillie.

Aunt Tillie is just fine without gconftool, gconf-editor, *or* the several kitchen sinks in KDE.

And a geek who can't handle gconf-editor is a pretty feeble geek, IMO.

Edited 2008-03-23 04:52 UTC

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leos Member since:
2005-09-21

Aunt Tillie is just fine without gconftool, gconf-editor, *or* the several kitchen sinks in KDE.


She is certainly fine without gconftool, but she may not be fine if a feature she needs is missing from the software.

And a geek who can't handle gconf-editor is a pretty feeble geek, IMO.


It's not about not being able to handle it, it's about having better things to do with my time.

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