KDE vs. GNOME: DVD Tools and Desktop Design
May 04, 2010, 17:32 (1 Talkback[s])
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"DVD tools are more important on Linux than on most
operating systems. While Windows or OSX users rarely burn CDs or
DVDs except for an occasional backup, for many Linux users, burning
a Live CD to investigate a distribution is a common task.
"Similarly, although the users of other operating systems may
extract audio or visuals from a CD, all the really large local
content libraries I have seen tend to be on Linux. What is an
occasional convenience to others are standard tools in the free and
open source lifestyle.
"For this reason, DVD tools are well-represented in both KDE and
GNOME. On both desktops, earlier tools like X-CD-Roast that are
formidable in their options have been replaced with more
user-friendly default tools: K3b for KDE, and Brasero for burning
and Sound Juicer for audio ripping for GNOME.
"All these tools perform their basic tasks well enough for most
users. However, what is striking is how clearly each of them
demonstrates the design philosophies of the desktops with which
they are associated"