KDE and GNOME



  • So I'm setting up an OpenSuse Server, and it has given me a choice between a KDE GUI, or a GNOME GUI. I've heard of KDE, but to be honest, have no idea which one does what. What are some of the features and benefits of each?



  • It's really six or one, half a dozen of the other. The two have been battling it out for fifteen years. It really comes down to personal choice.

    Neither is really that hot these days. Either is be fine, especially as this is a server and that GUI will never be fired up. It's only for getting you through the setup.

    Once the lab is fully up, there will be lab desktop with lots of different desktop environments to test.



  • Ahh, the great wars of KDE v. GNOME.

    SuSE used to only use KDE. Zealots out there started to bitch and moan because KDE isn't completely open source. So SuSE started shipping with GNOME as well.

    If you believe in certain types of "purity" you would use GNOME. If you don't give a [moderated], use whatever works.



  • So GNOME has more you can do with it?



  • KDE was pure open source by the time Gnome had any footing. That was like 13 years ago. KDE has been just as open as Gnome for a very long time.



  • It was never KDE that wasn't open, it was the QT libraries that were the problem early on. Very early on.



  • Hence the purity aspect of it. People were bitching like someone [moderated] their grandmothers because you couldn't release source code.

    Zealotry is a big thing in certain OSS circles. The [moderated] waving of being the most open was huge back in those days. That's the main reason why I didn't get into Linux then, those people just pissed me off to no end. I went the MS route instead, where there were different battles to fight.



  • Yeah, plenty of fun to be had in the Microsoft area...



  • Before then I worked heavily in mainframe, OS/2 and Mac. Mac because I did lots of video stuff and Amiga was on the way out, mainframe because my friend's father hooked me into working on it, and OS/2 because IBM shops tend to stick with IBM to the end.

    The 90's were a strange time to be in IT.



  • I still have my Amiga.



  • @PSX_Defector said:

    The 90's were a strange time to be in IT.

    I agree - and then the dot-com bubble burst.



  • I ride that wave for a little bit. Oh OilNavigator, you were doomed from the beginning.