Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Dec 2008 23:31 UTC, submitted by linuxlinks
Window Managers "Mainstream Linux distributions typically default to one of two desktop environments, KDE or GNOME. Both of these environments provide users with an intuitive and attractive desktop, as well as offering a large raft of multimedia software, games, administration programs, network tools, educational applications, utilities, artwork, web development tools and more. However, these two desktops focus more on providing users with a modern computing environment with all the bells and whistles featured in Windows Vista, rather than minimising the amount of system resources they need. For users and developers who want to run an attractive Linux desktop on older hardware, netbooks, or mobile internet devices, neither KDE or GNOME may be a viable option, as they run too slowly on low spec machines (such as less than 256MB RAM and a 1 GHz processor). This article seeks to identify the best lean desktops for Linux, for users that have old or even ancient hardware."
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RE: Dissatisfied with KDE & GNOME
by jokkel on Tue 2nd Dec 2008 11:34 UTC in reply to "Dissatisfied with KDE & GNOME"
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Well since you can't stand change or don't seem to be able to try to learn new ways to manage your files, just use the one special setting on windows explorer you like.
The reason other desktop environments exist, is to be different and follow their own design ideas and principles. Cloning MS Windows' behaviour mostly isn't one of them.
So don't complain about the hammer's design if what you wanted is a screwdriver.

It's a fallacy to think that free desktop environments need to emulate Windows as much as possible to get more users. The prime example for this is the most successful 'other' desktop: Mac OS. It's in some places very different from Windows, more than KDE and Gnome certainly. Being different is a path to success not failure.

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