Re: My Opinion on GNOME
From: Ben Measures (saint_abroadremove_at_removehotmail.com)
Date: Sun, 01 Feb 2004 23:24:38 +0000
Google Mike wrote:
> At first, I saw GNOME, saw the lack of tools in RH8 versus the ones in
> KDE, so I switched to KDE as the default. Then, RH9 came out, and RH
> just about put the same amount of tools in GNOME as they did KDE.
> Plus, GNOME had a cleaner appearance for me. I also wanted to back the
> GUI that RH, the leader in Linux sales, was backing as their default.
> I figured that it was risky to go with KDE in the long run, and that
> many of those apps would go GNOME or at least GTK+. (Perhaps we'll all
> be lucky and GNOME will merge with KDE, ending the dispute.)
> Okay, fast-forward to now, here in February 2004. Suse was a big KDE
> advocate, but now that Novell has acquired Suse, and because they
> already have considerable investment in Ximian's GNOME-based desktop,
> it's an easy guess that Suse will switch their desktop default to
> Ximian's GNOME-based desktop as the default. That's an incredible
> boost for "GNOME-count".
> I used to use several KDE apps until I became just as pleased with
> either the GTK or GNOME equivalents. I was stuck on KMail for email
> and Quanta+ for web development. But then Mozilla Thunderbird was far
> superior than KMail on Linux, so I switched to that. Thunderbird is
> X-based like Mozilla. That now just leaves Quanta+, which, even
> through some of its quirks, still is my favorite web editor for PHP
> code (although Bluefish is starting to ratchet up as a competitor).
> Therefore, my opinion is that the years 2004 and 2005 will be
> fantastic years for GNOME, and perhaps not so for KDE.
I've been with Gnome since the beginning of the 2.x series, and I've
been faithful ever since. I am really impressed by their progress and
concern for accessability/usability.
My devotion has been rewarded. With Gnome 2.4 I finally have a speedy,
clean, transparent layout, free of unessesary clutter or jargon. GTK+2
applications are now more common and beautiful. These have become the
mainstay of my desktop.
I don't really care about the whole GNOME/KDE war, I just know what I like.
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