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KDE and Gnome

Well, KDE and Gnome are the most famous window managers for Linux, well maybe Unity will be a good chalenger for them, specially considering that Ubuntu/Canonical are behind it.

What Wikipedia says about KDE:

KDE (play /?ke?di??i?/) is an international free software community producing an integrated set of cross-platform applications designed to run on Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X systems. It is best known for its Plasma Desktop, a desktop environment provided as the default working environment on many Linux distributions, such as openSUSE, Mandriva Linux, Kubuntu, Pardus, and Chakra GNU/Linux.

The goal of the community is to provide basic desktop functions and applications for daily needs as well as tools and documentation for developers to write stand-alone applications for the system. In this regard, the KDE project serves as an umbrella project for many standalone applications and smaller projects that are based on KDE technology. These include Calligra Suite, KDevelop, Rekonq, K3b and many others.

KDE software is based on the Qt framework. The original GPL version of this toolkit only existed for the X11 platform, but with the release of Qt 4, LGPL versions are available for all platforms. This allows KDE software based on Qt 4 to also be distributed to Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.

You may also want to read about KDE Plasma workspaces

And what is says about Gnome

GNOME (pronounced /??no?m/) is a desktop environment / graphical user interface that runs on top of a computer operating system. It is composed entirely of free and open source software and was created by two Mexican programmers, Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena. It is an international project that includes creating software development frameworks, selecting application software for the desktop, and working on the programs that manage application launching, file handling, and window and task management.

GNOME is part of the GNU Project and can be used with various Unix-like operating systems, most notably Linux and as part of the Java Desktop System in Solaris

According to my friend DarkDuck, in his KDE or Gnome article, which made me write this post.

Gnome has only advantages, and KDE is even in pluses and minuses, but anyway he prefers KDE over Gnome

Which one I use

I started with Gnome but KDE 4 really caught my attention, and I switched to KDE, but what will happen with the release of Gnome 3, that should happen today :).

As I run Arch Linux, I’m sure I’ll have it available officially very soon.


  • What do you think?
  • Which one do you prefer?
  • Have you tested Gnome3 already?