KDE vs Gnome

Brian Puccio brian at brianpuccio.net
Thu Jul 21 01:27:01 UTC 2005


On Wed, 2005-07-20 at 18:17 -0700, Bernie Betlach wrote:
> Hi.....  Just wondering, I'm new to Linux  and just wanted some simple
> answers.....
>  
> !) What is the bottom line difference between Gnome and KDE?

Different strokes for different folks.  I know there's 3rd party
replacements for Windows (I see you're using outlook).
 
> 2) Can't I install both and switch back and forth?

Sure, at the login screen.
 
> 3). Is it just personal preference as to which GUI you like?

Yup.

> 4). Can apps that run on Gnome also run on KDE and vs versa?

Yes, however KDE apps won't look native to the rest of the GNOME desktop
AFAIK. And vica versa.

> 5).  Is the desktop the only difference between Ubuntu and Kubuntu?

I haven't used Kubuntu, but AFAIK its pretty much the same (same
repositories and all) just one comes with GNOME preinstalled and the
other KDE.

> Sorry if I have over simplified my query.

Try them out!  I believe ubuntu has a kubuntu live CD, if not, download
knoppix and try it out.  Then try out an ubuntu live CD with GNOME.
There's others you may want to try out, all depending on taste (gluxbox,
icewm, xfce, etc, etc).
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