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GNOME, KDE, and Xfce: Which Desktop is Right for You?

Jul 28, 2009, 16:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"Combined with the high profile activities of the GNOME Foundation, these designs probably explain why GNOME is the desktop of choice of business in North America, and currently a friendly choice for newcomers. However, others find GNOME too restrictive and too quick to dictate to users how they should use their computers.

"Not too long ago, GNOME had fewer applications written for it then KDE, but now that no longer seems true, at least so far as basic applications are concerned. Although GNOME often comes with Epiphany, a Mozilla-based browser, and includes office apps like AbiWord and Gnumeric, most users favor Firefox and OpenOffice.org instead.

"At the heart of GNOME are the file-browser Nautilus, which includes a simple but adequate CD-burning feature, and Evolution, GNOME's answer to Window's Outlook. Gedit, GNOME's graphical text editor, is also highly prized by some users, especially when it is pimped out with all the plug-ins that are available for it."

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