"There is quite a bit of interest in open source desktop
environments such as GNOME and KDE. While these environments are
mainly thought of as being only for Linux, they are both available
for BSDs. This article focuses on the installation of KDE 2 on my
FreeBSD 4.0 machine and provides information about KDE."
"...On the surface there isn't much of a difference between KDE
and GNOME, especially for a typical desktop user. Both environments
offer a good looking desktop, user-customizable panels and menus,
user-friendly file browsers, office suites, etc."
"KDE does seem to have an advantage over GNOME in some
areas. There is a perception that the KDE desktop looks more
refined and polished than the GNOME desktop. KDE 2 includes a
functional KOffice suite while there is some question about the
direction of GNOME's office suite due to the open sourcing of Star
"Some people think that KDE will be easier to maintain and
extend because it is written in C++ and there are KDE bindings
available for other languages such as Python, Perl, C, and Java.
Making KDE even more attractive to developers is the availability
of a free KDE programming book called KDE 2.0 Development at
http://kde20development.andamooka.org/. There are some areas where
GNOME appears to hold the upper hand, however. While not available
for FreeBSD, the Helix Code GNOME installer makes it very easy to
install GNOME on a Linux system. Also, GNOME's next generation file
browser and shell, Nautilus from Eazel, is generating quite a bit
of excitement. Both groups have internationalization (i18n) efforts
under way to translate documentation and allow applications to
display foreign characters. It appears that GNOME is ahead in this
area and I don't know if there is a KDE equivalent to Pango (an
open-source framework for the layout and rendering
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