homerscousin wrote:I don't understand why either would be prefered. Install KDE and experience the most sophisticated and configurable desktop Linux has to offer. It's flippin pretty.
Interesting. I don't feel like a fanboy simply because I never selected KDE, it was (and seemingly still is) the only usable
DE, GNOME and it's related derivatives aren't. It's not a religious thing, it's not even like I don't give them a shot every year or so but I always end up feeling like I'm using some sort of "designed for small children" PC. I don't know...perhaps if I wasn't a Microsoft convert (I went from Windows 95 to KDE 2.x after trying both KDE and GNOME) this wouldn't be the case. Some introspection but even then KDE seemed to take the overall layout and best features of the Microsoft desktop experience without the downsides of constant crashing, virii, extortion fees, etc... (and if I'm honest I have to admit there were quite a few good Windows 95 features captured by KDE such as transferable/templatable home directories, "profiles" in MS-speak, while GNOME would choke if you copied one homedir to use by another user). GNOME seemed to continue in it's simplified (disempowering/limiting?) direction with a bent towards mandatory specialized management tools such as gconf and such (bringing back painful experiences with the worst
part of the MS-Windows experience such as the registry which requires a working system to get your system working). KDE on the other hand kept on empowering users and being maintainable via underlying text files getting better and better surpassing Windows by KDE 3.x. The peak of the desktop experience seemed to be KDE 3.x with Beryl, simply astounding, and conversely has seemingly been all downhill with KDE 4.x with constant bugs, crashing, and features still
missing like the adaptive quicklaunch and knewsticker. The latest in this "experience" has been the memory leak in kded4...I can't even count the number of lost hours of work. If this isn't fixed in Olivia, I'm very
open to a new DE right now (maybe this is my cue to try LMDE about now...). I've also always appreciated Enlightenment and E17 is beautiful and powerful but either it is too
obscure and complicated or I must've carved in some deep KDE ass-grooves over the years because I can't seem to put in the focus to learn it sufficiently.
Along a similar vein I've been away from Microsoft land since Windows XP (I skipped Vista and briefly tried out Win7) so now I've finally decided to try out Windows 8 and read up on the key features in Windows IT Pro magazine. Turns out I've been a Windows 8 "expert" for the last ~7 years because every function and design in it has been copied wholesale from Linux and Android - bar none