For all the KDE fans out there, you'll be glad to know that a recent poll, taken by LinuxQuestions.org, shows that KDE is the most popular desktop with 33% of the vote. GNOME came in second with 19.14%.
Here's the link:http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions ... ar-919888/
I suspect that with GNOME's apparent direction toward tablet and phone computing that there will be more desktop and laptop users running to KDE (or back to KDE).
Remember, once upon a time KDE was the king but they lost out to GNOME when they made huge changes and had a horrible release (version 4). However, by version 4.2 it was stable again, although some will argue that 4.5 was really buggy. About that time GNOME 2 was really solid, very configurable and fast. People gave it a try and decided they liked it.
Now that GNOME is no longer listening to it's users, and has stuck with the direction taken with GNOME 3 (which as of version 3.4 still is not winning many fans) I suspect the Linux community will run to KDE. I'm guessing that a few will try Xfce but will find it a bit bare boned to keep there attention for daily use. Then they'll head for KDE. After all, KDE is the Kool Desktop Environment and definitely is configurable and beautiful AND fast (go on, admit it. KDE 4.8 is fast.).
Anyway, with all the negative comments toward KDE in the KDE forum (Re: Mint KDE 13 Release ?), I thought I'd inject this bit of information, along with my opinion, of course.
It's also interesting to read Linus Torvalds' thoughts on GNOME 3. Just google it. Pretty entertaining stuff. By the way, Linus used to be a huge proponent of KDE. I suspect he will be again sometime soon once he's done giving Xfce a try.
As for MATE and Cinnamon, they are looking good but, I'm planning to wait and try them again when they are more mature and stable. For now, I'm off to KDE land when Linux Mint 13 KDE is released. After all, if you're looking for a highly configurable modern looking DE, that takes advantage of today's graphics capable hardware, then KDE is definitely the way to go. AND, for those with older, less capable machines, who like to get as much life out of them as possible, just tweak your configuration. Just google "making kde faster" and you'll get lots of guidance.