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Linux finally matches Windows' eye candy with the KDE desktop

Sep 24, 2010, 14:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ashton Mills)

"While the Gnome desktop is the de-facto for Ubuntu, try the KDE alternative if you want the best-looking and comtemporary Linux UI, says APC's Linux guru, Ashton Mills.

"KDE is an interesting beast: up to version 3.0 it competed with Gnome for the mind share of Linux desktop users. KDE 3.0 was an excellent alternative, often favoured by the power users for its emphasis on configurability and flexibility.

"For version 4.0, the KDE team took the drastic action of re-inventing and re-building KDE almost from the ground up. This included re-designing the desktop paradigm and breaking functionality into core components that include Plasma (desktop display and effects), Phonon (multimedia backend) and Solid (hardware abstraction layer)."

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