Is GNOME or KDE Better for New Users?
May 17, 2010, 17:48 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Before Ubuntu became such a hit, many high-profile
Linux distributions favored the KDE desktop environment over GNOME.
There was a perception that KDE provided a strong balance between
desktop control and desktop appearance. It was also widely believed
that migrating Windows users would find KDE more familiar than
other desktop environments. Yet is KDE indeed the more "useable"
desktop for the majority of users – particularly new ones?
"KDE is a great desktop, just not for new users
"I've been using KDE for years. It was my first experience with
desktop Linux -- by no means do I think that KDE should simply
shrivel up and die. KDE does a lot of things right out of the box.
From day one, it provided a more eye pleasing experience than other
desktop environments available back in my early Linux days. But
that was then, times have changed. And so has the landscape between
KDE and GNOME.
"The generally accepted myth that the migrating Windows or OS X
user needs to get their feet with KDE over GNOME is absurd. Just
because KDE presents a more "Windows-Like" visual experience does
not translate into the desktop providing the user a with the best