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Why I Switched from GNOME to KDE

May 14, 2009, 16:03 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"The truth is, I had been tempted to make the switch for fifteen months, ever since I saw the finished KDE 4.0 in January 2008. One or two aspects of KDE 4, such as the separate mode for customization and the de-coupling of the desktop from the file manager had immediately intrigued me. I was less thrilled about other changes, such as the Kickoff menu, but even these suggested a philosophy of advancing the desktop without breaking with tradition -- an attitude that struck me as exactly right.

"But 4.0 was not ready for every day use, and, while I was willing to do the occasional experiment, I did not want to repeatedly do my own compiling on a desktop that was obviously undergoing rapid development. Once or twice might have been fine, but ultimately I'm no code jockey and as lazy as the next user. So, I waited until Debian, my main workstation's distribution, finally added a reliable version of KDE 4.2 to its repositories. A day or two after that, I made the switch.

"Moving from GNOME

"Since I have heard over-simplified rumors on the Internet that I have turned against GNOME, I want to stress that the switch reflects no complaints about GNOME, let alone that I've rejected it. I still have GNOME installed on my system, alone with several other desktops and window managers, and I still use one or two GNOME apps like file-roller and gFTP in preference to any alternatives. Most of the time, too, booting into GNOME is the best way to try out an application designed for it."

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