KDE vs GNOME and some other questions

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KDE vs GNOME and some other questions

Postby Jinnai on Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:43 pm

I've checked the boards and the release notes but it's hard to tell for a newb what is different, especially when there is no comparison.

I know people have their preferance, but i'd really like to know the differences between each. (it would also be useful to know what some of the differences between specific, but equivalent, programs are, but i realize that's much more complex answer).

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Also any idea if/when the nvidia driver issue will be solved? I looked on the troubleshooting page before lauching a LiveDVD test of KDE and didn't see my card (nVidia 6800 XT) listed, so i thought i was okay....i was wrong.

And when i went to boot in safe mode, hardware profile crashed every time i opened it so i couldn't even see if Mint detected some of my other items (like my mic, which didn't appear to be working).
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Mostly what i'd like the system for is using stuff like encoding, photoshop/illustrator (and it has to be these programs), gaming (but not generally most of the commonly supported games...but most of them are generally only windows-based) from indy or smaller developers who don't have the resources to devote to non-standard platforms.

(though i have read some news on the standardization front with reguard to Project Portland). I doubt that will do much for gaming in the short or medium term, and even if it does, doesn't address legacy windows-based gaming issues.

i've looked at wine, but it has stability problems and can't even get basic windows applications loaded properly. Crossover isn't very gaming oriented and Cedega only really supports the most popular stuff (of which maybe a handful of my pc games are there).

I'd also for the long run do not want to duel-boot. It defeats the purpose of having a linux distro if to play my games in between writing a paper, re-encoding, or design some digital artwork i have to either reboot and have basically 2 versions of computable programs of almost everything or limit myself to either or.
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But of all the distros i've tried, mint seems to have the best potential for what i'd like...it's just the gaming and some unusual codecs for anime i watch i'm worried about, and an application equivalent to ATLAS translations.
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Postby Ede on Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:13 pm

KDE and Gnome are the two major desktop enviroments. In linux, you have 1: The hardware, 2: the kernel, and 3: on top of all that, the desktop enviroment that shows you everything. Even windows has it's own desktop enviroment (explorer.exe)

Since linux is flexible, one can install more than one desktop enviroment. Since pretty much the same software can be used on every desktop enviroment, the choice is up to the user, and have everything with taste to do. It's purely domestic. (Or resource-saving, since some desktop-enviroments are more cpu/ram-heavy than others.)

Gnome focuses on beeing stylish and pretty,
Screenshot: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/e ... enshot.png

KDE focuses on easability and functionality. Resembles windows a bit.
Screenshot: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... /Kde35.png

XFCE focuses on speed, beeing very lightweight. Resembles gnome a bit.
Screenshot: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... ce-4.4.png

They can be customized fairly alot. This is my gnome-desktop:
http://endre.suxos.org/Screenshot.jpg
3.1-beta with Compiz Fusion, using a custom theme.

The difference is all in the taste. clem prefers Gnome over KDE, while Linus Thorvalds hates Gnome and prefers KDE.
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Postby Jinnai on Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:42 pm

Thanks! I realized some of the basics mentioned, but your explanation really does help some, especially with the screenshots, atleast it helps answer one of my questions.
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