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07 Nov 2004

KDE vs GNOME

As anyone who knows *nix will tell you there are many "Holy Wars". One of the many divides is the desktop system people use. There are actually many different desktop windowing solutions, but the two most complete and arguably dominant ones are GNOME and KDE.

The two technologies both work on top of the X system, but use their own distinct "widget sets" and are built in quite dissimilar ways. While you can use a program written for one with the other, they only really fit well when run under their own system.

Each Linux distribution tends to use one technology as it's default, SUSE use KDE and Red Hat use GNOME. Debian favours GNOME, but I favour KDE, so that's what I install. While I tend to turn off a lot of the "eye-candy", I still find KDE nicer to look at. I don't know what's wrong with GNOME, but I don't like it.

To Each Their Own.


Debian For "Normal People"

I have two scrap Compaq's from work at home. By any standard they are hardly powerful or fast, but they appear to be all working (after a little fiddling), and it seemed a shame to throw them away when people are happy to use them. I'm setting one up for my dad and the other for friends in the village. In both cases neither are computer literate, and so I'm trying out my "Debian Adapted for Dummies" - DAD install.

Installing Debian is quite different from Windows. With Windows you get one tool for everything Microsoft thought of. If they don't have it, then you have to find a third-party tool which doesn't quite fit. If you want something other than the MS default, then it's a constant battle to get the MS tool to keep out of the way. With Debian you get lots of everything, and the problem is choosing a set that works well and then removing the alternatives.

Ironically Debian feels more integrated than Windows, which is really odd given that Debian is made up pieces from all over the world, whereas a supposedly single source product from Microsoft seems actually more disjointed.