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Linux Journal: Why the KDE/GNOME Split is Actually a Good Thing

Oct 16, 1999, 16:25 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bryan Pfaffenberger)

"Pushing user interface consistency too far isn't good for users, workers, or consumers--and the availability of multiple desktop environments just might be the key to the desktop market."

"If you step back from KDE and GNOME just a bit, the user interface differences resolve into a level of uniformity that I believe is quite sufficient. The two are actually quite similar: they're both well-implemented variants of the well-established windows/icons/mouse (WIMP) tradition. They're both reasonably compliant with user expectations about how the interface works, and use standard keyboard shortcuts (more or less). Somebody who knows Windows or Mac OS can learn either environment in short order.

"Sure, there are differences between KDE and GNOME, and annoying variations from established conventions, but... they're pretty darned similar. So let's go on to the big issue here. What happens when you push user interface consistency too far?"

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