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Desktop Basics: GNOME and KDE

Nov 19, 2007, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

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Getting to Know GNOME

"If you're part of the 95 percent of the world that uses Windows, you know what a GUI is, but because you're running Windows, you're stuck with only one--the GUI Microsoft forces you to use.

"In the Linux world, you can choose pretty much any GUI for your desktop. GNOME is one of the most popular desktops available, although you've probably heard of other ones such as KDE or Enlightenment..."

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Konquering the Desktop with KDE

"A task bar, a menu, clickable icons, a system tray, and a customisable look make up the standard operating system GUI. It's what you expect of an operating system's GUI; it's what you get with Windows, and exactly what you get with KDE running on Linux.

"It's the same metaphor, layout, and methods; the biggest difference is the underlying system, which the average user never sees. Still, people seem to fear change. I'm going to alleviate those fears by showing you what you'll find running a windowing environment such as KDE on your Linux workstation..."

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