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Seeing Linux Clearly: Demystifying KDE and GNOME

May 20, 2008, 07:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David M. Williams)

"Ok, you have to give some kudos to Windows: everyone knows what a window is. In the Linux world, KDE and GNOME aren't quite as obvious. A gnome stands in your garden or inhabits the World of Warcraft, and KDE doesn't even spell a word. The truth is they're the two major window environments for Linux today; if you don't like one type of UI you have another. Here's what they do, how they differ and how you can bend them to your will.

"I have to give unabashed credit to the iTWire editor, here. Stan Beer. He said to me I ought to write a story explaining the differences between KDE and GNOME and cutting through the arcane terminology to make clear just what these vital, and thus oft-mentioned but rarely described, pieces of software are..."

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