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KDE vs. Gnome: your experiences.

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CoffeeMug    852
I am interested in comparing your experiences of KDE and Gnome desktop environments regarding certain points important to me. If you can take a few minutes, please list your opinions about the following topics.
  • Visual aspect - which system is more pleasing to the eye? I know both have themes, but I am not sure which one gives the skin designers more freedom. Basically, which system has more of a wow factor?
  • Customization - which system is more customizable in terms of UI and overall experience? Which system has more interesting config files that let my imagination go wild?
  • Stability - which system tends to crash more often?
  • Performance - which system is faster? Which one uses less resources?

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NaliXL    120
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# Visual aspect - which system is more pleasing to the eye? I know both have themes, but I am not sure which one gives the skin designers more freedom. Basically, which system has more of a wow factor?

Gnome has a far better theme implemenatation if you''d ask me. Somehow, KDE themes always look fat and clumsy to me. You''d simply have to see this to know what I mean...

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Customization - which system is more customizable in terms of UI and overall experience? Which system has more interesting config files that let my imagination go wild?

For the visual aspect, Gnome is far more configuratble, but for menu''s and browsing, KDE/Konqueror has way more features than Gnome/Nautilus.

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Stability - which system tends to crash more often?

Well, I haven''t worked with KDE for a while, and it''s being improved dayly, but I''ve had a few crashes with it. Gnome keeps on working. It''s rock solid for me...

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Performance - which system is faster? Which one uses less resources?

The speed is about the same when you''re talking about starting apps and the like. Konqueror tends to load the contents of directories slightly faster than Nautilus, but the results look nicer in Nautilus too imho.

Anyway, I think it all just comes down to preference. If you''re someone who doesn''t mind taking two steps sometimes if it could be done in one step, and you do like eye-candy a lot, I''d take gnome. Otherwise, if you''re more a "work-efficiënt don''t mind the looks" person, I''d go for KDE.

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-vic-    112
Visual aspect: i think Gnome is prettier, but i still haven''t seen any theme that would make me go "wow, this is *beautiful*!".

Customization: IMO, KDE beats that. KDE is all about funcionalities, so they give you lots of stuff to customize whatever you want.

Stability: don''t know if there''s a "better one" here.

Performance: again, i think they''re pretty much the same thing... only Nautilus is kinda slow, hope it''ll get better with time.

Victor.

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griffenjam    193
I don''t know about all the differnet aspects. But I do know that KDE conforms more to my expections to a Desktop environment than GNOME does. I think GNOME looks great, much better than KDE, but it fails a big test for me when it doesn''t include a "align icons to drid" command for the desktop. It seems that the KDE dev team spent more time getting use-ability down.

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CoffeeMug    852
Installing KDE right now... With gentoo it''ll take about 20 hours to compile on my system, but currently I have a lot of time BTW, can someone suggest good looking themes for KDE?

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-vic-    112
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Installing KDE right now... With gentoo it''ll take about 20 hours to compile on my system, but currently I have a lot of time BTW, can someone suggest good looking themes for KDE?


Hmm... well, there are plenty at kde-look.org.

Victor.

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Null and Void    1088
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... It doesn''t include a "align icons to drid" command for the desktop.

Nautilus does have that feature now (they were able to add it in 2.3.x, along with the 900 other features people have been rightfully whining about).

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CoffeeMug    852
Essentially I made the decision to start with KDE based on the programming frameworks. IMO there is currently no reason to use C for *anything* except for backwards compatibility with pre-C++ applications. Since Gnome chose to use C I think it''s a reasonable assumption that Gnome''s architects'' philosophy is different from my own. Hence, KDE.

On a different note, KDE takes a damn long time to compile... Hopefully I can have a nice desktop by the end of the night.

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Null and Void    1088
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Since Gnome chose to use C I think it''s a reasonable assumption that Gnome''s architects'' philosophy is different from my own. Hence, KDE.

There are really nice C++ ''wrappers'' for all of the GTK+ and Gnome libraries (the wrappers are often argued to be "better than Qt and KDE at being C++-like", and from what I''ve seen, I tend to agree). Eventually, try both, pick what you like, of course .

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-vic-    112
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Hmm... well, there are plenty at kde-look.org.


Most of them suck. I was hoping people could recommend their favorites.


If you think those sucks... err.. don''t know where you''ll find better ones.

Victor.

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atcdevil    145
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Hmm... well, there are plenty at kde-look.org.


Most of them suck. I was hoping people could recommend their favorites.


If you think those sucks... err.. don''t know where you''ll find better ones.

Victor.




Not that this has to do with me, but just to clarify, he was asking you to narrow it down for him, I don''t think he was saying every single one of those suck, just that there''s a lot of crap to pick through.



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-vic-    112
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Hmm... well, there are plenty at kde-look.org.


Most of them suck. I was hoping people could recommend their favorites.


If you think those sucks... err.. don''t know where you''ll find better ones.

Victor.




Not that this has to do with me, but just to clarify, he was asking you to narrow it down for him, I don''t think he was saying every single one of those suck, just that there''s a lot of crap to pick through.






Well, go to kde-look and select "Highest Rated" and you''ll see the more popular ones.

Victor.

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Leffe    301
I use(d) Gnome because it''s GNU software to boost my ePenis. I tried KDE too, but I found them pretty much equal, I didn''t like Konqueror though.

I like supporting GNU

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Goober King    553
I''m a KDE man myself. Gnome is better theme wise but My favorite happend to ship with Mandrake 9.1 for KED. Most add on themes seam not to work correctly for me under KDE. Dispite this the Multi background feature that KDE has is a personal must have. Its somthing I wanted for a long time and now exist in KDE. Out side of the visuals I always end up in KED for the features in the file browser. It does a number of things you cant do in Gnome. I do think Gnome is great and I wouldn''t hate on anyone for using it. In fact I realy hate to have to choose between them, but I must. KED for me.

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