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: Most distros ship GNOME
by lemur2 on Tue 31st Mar 2009 02:48 UTC in reply to "Most distros ship GNOME"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

Most distros ship GNOME by default. Why is that? What do you prefer, the polished and shiny Ubuntu GNOME or the messy and clumsy Kubuntu KDE4?


We have had this claim before on OSNews. Of the top distributions, here is the actual story:

GNOME by default: Ubuntu, Mint, Slackware?

No particular desktop by default: openSUSE, Fedora, Debian, Arch, CentOS.

KDE by default: Mandriva, PCLinuxOS, MEPIS, Sabayon

Other desktop by default: Puppy

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RE[2]: Most distros ship GNOME
by daschmidty on Tue 31st Mar 2009 06:20 in reply to "RE: Most distros ship GNOME"
daschmidty Member since:
2007-03-01

slackware is technically "no desktop by default" though it leans more KDE. there aren't even any GNOME packages in the default slackware distribution.

Also to the previous post, you say "most distributions" ship GNOME by default, and then only make mention of Ubuntu. Also you can't use Ubuntu/Kubuntu as a basis of comparison as previously mentioned. The reason there is sucha disparity between the two is because Canonical is very biased towards GNOME and invests much more time and resources in that direction. As an OpenSUSE user, I can tell you that a well integrated KDE4 desktop is just every bit as clean and shiny as a GNOME one, someone just has to take the time and effort to make it that way.

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RIchard James13 Member since:
2007-10-26

Slackware has not shipped the Gnome Desktop for years because it will not compile normally from the packages. KDE on the other hand compiles fine.

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RE[2]: Most distros ship GNOME
by joekiser on Tue 31st Mar 2009 15:19 in reply to "RE: Most distros ship GNOME"
joekiser Member since:
2005-06-30

Don't forget that PC-BSD has had KDE as its default desktop for over three years now, and it has quite possibly the easiest entry barrier for new users of any UNIX distribution so long as you aren't trying to run it on a laptop. 7.1 is shaping up to be a fine release, and will run KDE 4.2 on top of FreeBSD 7.2.

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superstoned Member since:
2005-07-07

Dont forget the unknown-but-millions-of-users distro's like Red Flag Linux, Pardux Linux, Alt Linux - besides Red Hat "the desktop is not important" and Ubuntu "We do marketing before anything else", KDE is still going strong. Asia, Russia, South America, Turkey and East Europe - 90% of the linux desktops you'll find there are KDE based. How about 50 million Brazil users in one deployment? The Russian school system will move to KDE desktops, the turkish government doesn't sponsor a KDE-only distro for nothing etc etc...

Just focussing on the few well-known-in-europe&US-distro's means leaving out lots of good stuff...

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