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  • KDE vs GNOME

    Hello folks.

    Just want to know how many is using kde and gnome, given the new improved kde 4.2. I have myself migrated to kde and like it very much. I could have added more wm's in the poll, but I just want to know the KDE vs gnome theme.
    147
    KDE
    52.38%
    77
    Gnome
    39.46%
    58
    Others
    8.16%
    12
    Last edited by tball; 03-05-2009, 12:06 PM.

  • #2
    KDE 3.x here. 4.2 still hasn't caught up on feature parity, and from various reports, still has issues with performance.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Saist View Post
      KDE 3.x here. 4.2 still hasn't caught up on feature parity, and from various reports, still has issues with performance.
      The very only "feature" I miss, is global proxy support in KDE. Like the proxy support in gnome's proxy settings (Ubuntu). But I don't that feature existed in kde 3.5 neither.

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      • #4
        I just upgraded to KDE 4.2.1 + Qt 4.5.0 today. So far, it's very decent. I switch from KDE 3 to 4.2.0 about a month ago. Things work different and I have to adapt, but I like it. It sure kicks Vista in the butt IMO.

        I use Gnome at some machines in the University though. It's decent, but IMO can't compare to KDE 4.

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        • #5
          GNOME does everything I want and I'm very happy with it. I do use KDE however, mostly on secondary machines.

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          • #6
            If I had to pick one, it would be KDE; Gnome is ugly to my eyes, and it can't be configured exactly as I want.

            Then again, I don't have to. They are both too heavy and bloated, I'm happy with something lighter. kthxbye

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            • #7
              I'm surprised with the results so far. I thought there was more gnome users around.

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              • #8
                9 users is hardly enough to draw conclusions, lol

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RealNC View Post
                  9 users is hardly enough to draw conclusions, lol
                  I know ;-) But anyway, I'm surpriced.

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                  • #10
                    KDE 4.2.1 it has every feature I want and I don't notice any performance penalty. Same FPS here and same in gnome, xfce... And KDE 4 just looks great and has great apps!

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                    • #11
                      Even though I know this is not a good thing to say, when I first saw KDE 4 I thought to myself "someone please kill KDE 3 and Gnome so that Linux has one single, standard desktop"

                      Yes, yes, I know people want choice. Was just a thought

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RealNC View Post
                        Even though I know this is not a good thing to say, when I first saw KDE 4 I thought to myself "someone please kill KDE 3 and Gnome so that Linux has one single, standard desktop"

                        Yes, yes, I know people want choice. Was just a thought
                        heh. I personally love XFCE. However, most of my computers are often put "out" for use by Windows users, and KDE is a lot less threatening.

                        I think the KDE developers caught on to the fact that consumers have to WANT to use the desktop, not just use the desktop because it's there. KDE4 reflects a lot of that design. It's functional... and sexy.

                        To me Gnome is stuck in a clique. They don't actually satisfy a need on the desktop market. The experience isn't pleasant to use. They don't accept outside code. To me Gnome exists largely on the whims of people already using Gnome. I don't see a clear design goal from Gnome, a direction for where the desktop WANTS to go. There might be one, but the dev team is horrible about communicating it.

                        All other desktops have a goal. Whether it's to be as small as possible, least intrusive, lightest on resources, and so on, the various Box'es, XFCE, KDE, IceWM, E17... each has a goal for what they want to do.

                        Maybe Gnome does need to die to help Linux grow. There's little doubt that KDE4 will replace KDE3. It might not be until KDE 4.5, or after, but it is going to happen.

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                        • #13
                          KDE was overall an unstable and unusable mess. KDE 4 is even worse. The world would be better off if all the KDE developers were rounded up and shot. I'll take Windows Me over KDE. Just my opinion of course, but I really can't understand why people still use KDE.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by linmin View Post
                            Just my opinion of course, but I really can't understand why people still use KDE.
                            I know both Gnome and KDE quite well. While I think Gnome is simpler at first glance, I find myself really comfortable with KDE because it minimizes overall actions to do a certain thing. Yes, it makes my day to day work faster. I can provide you examples of nice / fancy features if you want (lots of them are not in WinME afaik). Of course you won't love it, but you'll know why some of us use it.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by linmin View Post
                              KDE was overall an unstable and unusable mess.
                              Actually that varied from distro to distro. Others were better then others. If there was one thing that I found that KDE 3.5 was extremely solid and stable on openSUSE for example. Far more stable then their Gnome.

                              KDE 4 is even worse. The world would be better off if all the KDE developers were rounded up and shot. I'll take Windows Me over KDE. Just my opinion of course, but I really can't understand why people still use KDE.
                              Again stability can vary from distro to distro. A lot of the time it's not even the desktop choice causing the instability but a underlying library that maybe the cause.

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