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LinuxPlanet: From the Desktop: It's a Users' World

Aug 25, 2000, 11:03 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"It stands to reason that a column devoted to the Linux desktop is going to have to say something about this current Gnome/KDE brouhaha. That, and the fact that the column's writer can't resist a good verbal scrap every once in a while."

"But my entry into this fray may actually surprise some people: who cares? Seriously, in all this technical bickering back and forth and comparing who's got the largest corporate sponsors, has anyone just sat down and figured out that the average user is just going to use what's put in front of him or her?"

"From a user interface point of view, the differences between KDE and Gnome are negligible. You read that right. Negligible. Both environments use the same windows/dialog box/menu GUI that's been a staple in user interfaces since the Xerox PARC days of lore. Sure, there are some differences. Gnome calls icons "launchers"--KDE calls them "nicknames." Big deal. How do I apply a theme in Gnome? In the Control Center. How do I apply a theme in KDE? Hmmm...the Control Center? Bingo!"

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