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Ubuntu or Kubuntu?

Asked by tonedef (3930points) August 17th, 2008

I saw a Xubunto or Ubuntu question, which led me to ask: Ubuntu or Kubuntu? What are the differences between GNOME and KDE, namely (besides the gratuitous use of K’s in all the software names)? Is one easier to use than the other? Is there better software for one? I don’t understand the difference. :(

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jrpowell's avatar

Gnome tries to mimic OS X (and fails). KDE tries to mimic Windows (and fails). I personally prefer Gnome.

wilhel1812's avatar

I feel Gnome is more stable. In addition it’s most used, so there is more stuff for gnome than for KDE. Why don’t you try both with a LiveCD and see what you like the most?

Skyrail's avatar

A simple comparison of X Window Desktop Environments that is just a little bit of technical info if you are interested in that also available is:
A comparison of X Window Managers which is also quite interesting

Personally I find KDE to be bloated with loads of pre-installed software, and it just ‘feels’ clunky for some reason. I prefer Gnome as it is a bit more lightweight but still has functionality, as for even more lightweight Xfce is nice and I’d love to get into Fluxbox but I find it difficult to get used to.

This provides another comparison of KDE and Gnome using Kubuntu and Ubuntu.

The reason why the desktops look like they are ‘trying’ to mimc OSX/Windows is because it’s a formula that works. Why re-invent the wheel? People are used to that layout/format so why take them to a completely different world when you can ease them in slowly? If every linux distro used Fluxbox as their default window manager a much lower percentage of people would use Linux because it’s more complicated to set up and change and just doesn’t have that ‘familiar’ feel about it. It’s like if you were building a car, why reverse the pedals and the steering just to confuse people? Gnome and KDE are the main default ones that people will find easier to get used to, however with Linux you have the choice of moving things around, changing your window manager, your themes, and lots of other stuff with a little bit of ‘know how’.

bodyhead's avatar

Just like these guys, I prefer Gnome. If you are trying to run this on an older machine (windows 95, 98, ME, or 2000), I would consider installing Xubuntu. Xubuntu is a minimalist GUI that I use on an old laptop with pretty wimpy hardware.

tonedef's avatar

Whoa, @johnpowell! I just looked at the great comparison site that skyrail posted, and they really are strikingly similar to Mac and Windows. I love the simplicity and clean look of Mac menus and elements, so I think that I made the right choice with ubuntu. Thank you, everyone!

VoodooLogic's avatar

I concur. My podcast says that Gnome is for beginners and KDE is for advanced linux users. I think Gnome is just easier. Although AmoroK is bad ass, I hate finding KDE alternatives for commonly used programs.

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