KDE or GNOME? 9 replies

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Mr. Matt VIP Member

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#1 10 years ago

It's an eternal debate which has raged since the fiery dawn of time. Or perhaps for the last few years. In either case, which do you prefer, GNOME or KDE? You can mention specific versions, but I'm talking generally. Personally, I've moved over to KDE over the last few months. I find it looks a lot sleeker and more professional than GNOME, in a snazzy sort of way, and it is easier to configure to look however you want. Most KDE distributions even let you make it look like Windows 9x by default these days, for god knows what reason. I appreciate GNOME's simplicity and the increased click journey that you often get with KDE, but there are ways around that. This is my own opinion, however. Aesthetics are a subjective business.




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#2 10 years ago

I prefer Gnome, personally. I deal with Windows enough as it is, I don't really want a GDM designed to look like it on any of my Linux machines. :p




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#3 10 years ago

Xfce, given the choice. If not then I prefer GNOME but it's not like it's the end of the world if I have to use KDE, it's just always struck me as being...excessively chunky.




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#4 10 years ago

I prefer Gnome, but i'm probably a bit biased seeing as how most of the distro's i've used were using Gnome.

I've had only limited experience with KDE, and it seemed good enough, i just prefer the more Mac-like feeling Gnome has.




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#5 10 years ago
Bs|Archaon;4373328Xfce, given the choice. If not then I prefer GNOME but it's not like it's the end of the world if I have to use KDE, it's just always struck me as being...excessively chunky.

This could've been my response. My first experience with Linux was Red Hat's Bluecurve, but I honestly can't recall if I was set up running KDE or GNOME. When I was running SuSE, I used KDE under the assumption that it was "better for the power user". After moving to Ubuntu, I've fallen in love with the simplicity of GNOME.

I can do without widgets and extras like that, and have learnt to love the terminal window so much so that it has its own hotkey on my system now. GNOME just seems "right" to me at this point.

I stopped playing with other window managers and desktop environments in general after I inadvertantly managed to change to a very minimalist window manager early on in my Red Hat days, and subsequently couldn't figure out how to change back, or really do anything with it. I dunno though... Xfce looks kinda glitzy... might have to try it someday.




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#6 10 years ago

Actually, the Mac style Menu Bars of Baghira are the reason I use KDE. The Baghira Menu is just short of the Spotlight/Vista Search awesomeness. It gives me a list of all the applications.

The non Compiz eye candy is great, and the customizability is off the chain. I'm torn between Dolpin, and Konqueror.

Don't get me wrong, I like Gnome, especially its simplicity. KDE is too complex. I'm not yet too fond of the new KDE 4.x either. Oxygen seemed nice in the screenshots, but it doesn't look all that great now,...

I also enjoy using all of the Window Managers. Enlightenment, XFCE, FVWM, *Box, etc...

However, given the choice. I usually use something other than the default Environment. So right now I'm using Kubuntu (makes it easier to use KDE on Ubuntu).




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#7 10 years ago
Bs|Archaon;4373328Xfce, given the choice. If not then I prefer GNOME but it's not like it's the end of the world if I have to use KDE, it's just always struck me as being...excessively chunky.

Don't you mean chunKy? =p

That's another thing about KDE that bugs me...for some reason anyone who develops for it is seemingly bound by some unwritten rule to use the letter K at least once in the title of the application. There's Konqueror, Kopete, AKregator...even Kolf for crying out loud. It was amusing for a while, but now it's just ridiculous.




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#8 10 years ago

Overall I'd have to say I prefer KDE when I tried Linux. Granted I didn't spend a whole lot of time with it, but I just liked its layout.

I might install Linux again if I can find a spare computer or harddrive. Perhaps I can fiddle around with my dad's broken laptop...




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#9 10 years ago

I can't decide either way, I have used them both and found both of them to have their strengths and weaknesses




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#10 10 years ago
Ensign Riles;4378749 I just liked its layout.

Actually, I prefer Gnome's layout. Because of the fact that it is both different, and clean. As well as effecient.

Unfortunately, being the tinkerer that I am, I find Gnome too limiting. Just a tad, only because of KDE,...