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Is GNOME or KDE Better for New Users?

May 17, 2010, 17:48 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hartley)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"Before Ubuntu became such a hit, many high-profile Linux distributions favored the KDE desktop environment over GNOME. There was a perception that KDE provided a strong balance between desktop control and desktop appearance. It was also widely believed that migrating Windows users would find KDE more familiar than other desktop environments. Yet is KDE indeed the more "useable" desktop for the majority of users – particularly new ones?

"KDE is a great desktop, just not for new users

"I've been using KDE for years. It was my first experience with desktop Linux -- by no means do I think that KDE should simply shrivel up and die. KDE does a lot of things right out of the box. From day one, it provided a more eye pleasing experience than other desktop environments available back in my early Linux days. But that was then, times have changed. And so has the landscape between KDE and GNOME.

"The generally accepted myth that the migrating Windows or OS X user needs to get their feet with KDE over GNOME is absurd. Just because KDE presents a more "Windows-Like" visual experience does not translate into the desktop providing the user a with the best solution."

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