From: Michael Field - NC Systems Server Engineering - SUN Ireland (Michael.Field at domain Ireland.Sun.COM)
Date: Fri 20 Aug 1999 - 10:15:47 IST
On either this month's or last month's PC Plus there's an article comparing both
*and* both are on the cover CD. If you want to try both, for a small expense,
it's the most hassle free way. (and you'll also get an article on bios that I
haven't got around to reading yet)
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> On Fri, Aug 20, 1999 at 12:22:40AM +0100, Trevor Johnston mentioned:
> > I have neither KDE nor Gnome on my Redhat Linux machine - before I start
> > the long process of downloading the latest version and installing one of
> > them, can anyone advise me as to which is best, which has the best
> > future, the best support, etc., etc.?
> It depends on yourself. I wholeheartily recommend you try both. At the
> moment, GNOME promises a stunning framework for applications, though at the
> moment, we've not seen much of that yet. It's futuristic, but incomplete,
> as far as the GNOME roadmap is concerned. If you are a GUI developer -
> GNOME is the future, and you should get ready for it.
> KDE is a full environment now, in the standard sense of the word. A lot of
> people don't like it - it's very simple to use (and reminds people of
> MS-Windows and CDE, which are disliked by a lot of people), it's not as
> snappy as some GNOME for some stuff - though the filemanager, and it's
> integration with the other KDE tools is excellent.
> However, as has been pointed out, it's not either-or. I run enlightenment
> (which is GNOME enabled, to a degree), with the GNOME panel, and ETerms
> (which aren't GNOME or KDE apps). I think the GMC file manager that GNOME
> comes with is a bit crap; KFM allows me to drag&drop stuff into kpilot
> (KDE's Palm Pilot Sync tool - GNOME's one, although much better designed is
> still unusable at the moment).
> The GNOME and KDE people have done a lot of interoperability work, so by
> and large, it shouldn't matter what you use; it'll all work together.
> However, I don't actually run KDE applications all the time; I think it's
> a waste to load the complex GTK/GNOME and QT widget sets all the time. If
> you can manage to just use one environment, do so; it'll save 10MB of RAM.
> Try it out. It's not as if you have to pay for it, or anything ;) Though
> it should be pointed out, that you should use a modern distribution with
> GNOME. It's still in development as far as I'm concerned. They were in such
> a hurry to get GNOME 1.0 out the door, that it's barely of Beta quality -
> install the version that comes with RedHat 6.0, and install the RedHat
> updates. KDE is quite stable.
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