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Re: [News] A GNOME versus KDE Debate Revived

Roy Schestowitz wrote in <1603482.zOZ4CUqAoE@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> on Wed May 17
2006 13:36:
> Taking a Linus-like Attitude Towards Gnome
> ,----[ Quote ]
> | ...For those of you who may have missed his original post the high
> | point follows:
> | 
> |       This "users are idiots, and are confused by functionality?
> |       mentality of Gnome is a disease. If you think your users are
> |       idiots, only idiots will use it. I don?t use Gnome, because in
> |       striving to be simple, it has long since reached the point where
> |       it simply doesn't do what I need it to do. Please, just tell
> |       people to use KDE.
> | 
> | As the thread went on Linus became even more colorful in his criticism,
> | calling the Gnome developers "interface Nazis" and citing examples of
> | how Gnome's UI makes it take longer to do things.
> `----

Personally -- I agree with Linus.  However, for vastly different reasons. 
The great thing about KDE is that it provides my "converts" with a sense of
comfort, because they feel a familiarity with the environment.  Then again,
I generally give everybody a "speech" where I tell them that I'm starting
them with KDE, but Linux is rather chock full of software and as they get
more comfortable, they can try new things and such -- such as different
themes, desktop environments, software suites, and so forth.  I generally
point them to some introductory reading material, as well, so that should
they choose to do so, they can pursue learning more about the system, if
that's what they want to do.

People coming from Windows -- especially today's definition of "end user" --
get quite antsy when they see things that are different.  While KDE's
interface is different, it's close enough to Windows in the default
configuration that they find that they're open to giving it a shot.

        - Mike

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