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Re: KDE & Gnome

  • Subject: Re: KDE & Gnome
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 05 Aug 2006 13:26:06 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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__/ [ Kier ] on Saturday 05 August 2006 12:38 \__

> On Sat, 05 Aug 2006 13:06:27 +0200, Hadron Quark wrote:
>> Tony Gist <piltdown@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
> <snip>
>>> Every time I fire up a live CD which uses Gnome the reaction is allways
>>> the same - disappointment. Comments along the lines of "it looks like
>>> something I used to have on my computer" inevitably occur. I know, it is
>>> unfair for potential converts to judge an OS by its cover (desktop) but
>>> first impressions do count.
>>> Anyway, the upshot is that I now allways fire up a live CD that uses KDE
>>> with far more positive results. Once I've gained their interest, then I
>>> demonstrate the other desktops available illustrating the flexibility of
>>> Linux.
>>> The notion that Gnome is holding back the wider adoption of Linux is
>>> perhaps taking things a bit far. But, it does make you wonder.
>> http://www.gnome.org/start/2.0/screenshots/
>> Looks ok to me.

GNOME is great. KDE is great too. The two DE's suit different people with
different work habits (and different tastes). Some like it blue. Some like
it brown. You say potato. I say pottatto. I was using GNOME and KDE in
tandem for a while. Each has its strengths and its weaknesses.

> Me, too. I really like Gnome.
> I've read where some say it's too Windows-like (same for KDE), but
> personally I never saw the resemblence. KDE, maybe, a bit. Up until
> recently I was using KDE pretty much exclusively, and with the rise of
> Ubuntu I got curious about how Gnome was doing, so I started checking out
> Gnome-centric Live CDs to see what I'd been missing (I used to use Gnome,
> back around 2.4 or something). I was quickly hooked.

I'd never say something like GNOME or KDE looks like Windows. Windows is a
Mac OS ripoff, which is probably a Xerox (PARC?)
inheritance/influence/inspiration. Just because the DE is composed of frames
(windows) does not means it /is/ Windows (with a capital "W"). Don't flatter
Microsoft for stealing ideas and acquiring companies. They do not deserve
any special credit.

> While I still like and use KDE, Gnome is now my preferred environment.
> Some find it ugly, but I think it's very pretty and pleasant to use.

GNOME can be made beaitiful. You like the Tiger looks? Make it look like OS
X. You like the Windows XP La-La Land look? That shouldn't be a problem
either. GNOME can be made almost identical to Vista, too (if you are willing
to follow a short guide, apt-getting for a few minutes).

Best wishes,


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