Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Aug 2009 10:43 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE SUSE Linux used to be a very KDE-centric distribution. Then Novell came around, bought SUSE and Ximian, and slowely but surely they turned the now-openSUSE distribution into effectively a GNOME-centric distribution with KDE as its sidekick. The openSUSE community, however, doesn't appear to be particularly happy with KDE being a sidekick.
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RE: Why?
by Doc Pain on Tue 4th Aug 2009 20:46 UTC in reply to "Why?"
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Let the user choose. Where is sense stealing these opportunity?

Users coming from a "Windows" PC background do not choose. They take what's coming by default (or preinstalled). :-)

Basically, I agree with you that the desktop environment should be choosable. But keep in mind that preconfiguring and integrating the DE into the OS is much work. And this work increases rapidly when other DEs are requested by the community, for example "Why not have openSuSE with XFCE?" Because the DEs are mostly incompatible to each other (in terms of configuration), there's lots of work to be done.

On the other hand... when we assume that users (from a better educated background) choose their distribution based on the DE it primarily features, then why have two different openSuSE disstributions? There are other distributions that do KDE a lot better than SuSE, as it seems.

Finally, and that's my very individual opinion and it doesn't apply to english (native) speakers at all: I found that the german internationalisation of Gnome is much better than the language quality of KDE, so Gnome would "sell" better in Germany. German users get scared when presented an error message in english, and when they once click on "Deutsch", they want to have every program in german - with no exceptions. That's something that works better in Gnome than in KDE. But please, note that I'm not using one of them on a regular basis.

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