Ubuntu opts for LibreOffice over Oracle's OpenOffice

Kevin Hunter hunteke at earlham.edu
Tue Jan 25 16:44:38 UTC 2011

At 10:13am -0500 Tue, 25 Jan 2011, Samuel Thurston wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 8:35 AM, Cybe R. Wizard wrote:
>> On Tue, 25 Jan 2011 21:07:04 +0800 Christopher Chan  wrote:
>>> I'll take KDE over anything from GNOME.
>> May one ask, "why?"  It can't be quality, can it? Is there a bad
>> feeling about GNOME for some reason?  More/different packages?
> FWIW Linus agrees.
> http://mail.gnome.org/archives/usability/2005-December/msg00021.html

Sigh.  Linus also (more recently) disagrees:


However, I don't care what Linus uses.  The question, as asked, is 
legitimate, and I am frustrated that most folks who have an opinion 
don't explain why.  I honestly would like to know.  Who knows, maybe I'm 
missing out?

I can explain why I currently use Gnome:

Having tried a number of FOSS desktops, I concluded about 2 years ago 
that I need a "Bells and Whistles" desktop.  The only two that fit the 
bill, in terms of features *that I use* and associated 
customize-ability, were Gnome and KDE.  I gave them both 3 month trials, 
split across 1 month for three distributions (Fedora, OpenSUSE, Ubuntu), 
and decided on Gnome.

Synopsis: Gnome is just plain more stable and uses less memory.*

If you are actually curious, I will talk about the various bugs and 
interactions that were -- for me -- showstoppers, but will forgo writing 
them unless someone asks seriously.

To be clear, this is a legitimate question (thus I will not respond to 
any angry or goading emails).  If I am presented a compelling case, I'll 
consider changing.  I like trying new things, and I understand that 
projects change and grow.  Maybe in the last year things have turned 
around, or I wasn't using it in "the KDE way" last time around.



* I will ignore evidence that KDE pre-4.0 is stable and less memory 
hungry unless you can supply me with a useable distribution that 
/currently/ ships with it, and that also offers recent (< 1 year ago) 
versions of applications.

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