Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Mar 2011 12:59 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y If you were, you know, living your lives, you've probably missed it, but old fires are burning brightly once again: there's somewhat of a falling-out going on between KDE and GNOME, with Canonical siding squarely with... KDE. The issue seems to revolve around GNOME's lack of collaboration, as explained by KDE's Aaron Seigo.
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RE: 12 Years and Counting
by gilboa on Sat 12th Mar 2011 07:41 UTC in reply to "12 Years and Counting"
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Here's the thing.
If -I- and my co-workers can use KDE (or GNOME) and go about daily lives without using Windows - it's a sold proof that Linux has come a -long- way in the past 10 years.

I switched from Windows 2K to RedHat 7.2 as my primary OS back at 2002 and change is simply amazing.
Back in 2002, KDE 2.x and GNOME 1.x were miles behind Windows 2K and Windows XP UI while on the other hand, in many respects KDE 4.6 makes Windows 7 DE look bare.

A couple of examples:
Real virtual desktops with different icons and widget per virtual desktop (via activities), class / application name based windows grouping and virtual desktop placement, network [ssh/smb/X11/etc] transparency across the board, far better file management (explorer hasn't aged very well), far, far, far better console (The Win32 console API should be table behind the shed and killed), and I can continue...

Now, Linux may never replacing Windows as -the- desktop Operating system, and frankly, I can't say that I really care. (And given the rise of Pad's and smart phones, I'm not sure the market ever cares...)
As long as -I- and the people around me have the tools that we require, I'm perfectly happy in using a OS that only has 1-2% market share.

- Gilboa

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