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Ten Great Things About KDE (from a GNOME user)

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As a die-hard GNOME user, I never really looked at KDE as a good alternative. This is probably complete ignorance on my part. I have never used KDE for more than a day or so or unless the situation required it (i.e. PCLinuxOS’s GNOME is ancient). I think the reason I am so biased toward GNOME is the fact that it is the default in my favorite distribution - Ubuntu. I have only been using Linux seriously since the beginning of 2005. It was obvious Ubuntu was the main choice for ease of use and it seemed to work well with my hardware. I just sort of fell into GNOME without thinking anything of it.

KDE is definitely an excellent desktop environment. Here are ten things I have found that I really like about it. Keep in mind, this not in comparison to GNOME or anything else, just ten things I really like.

1. Konqueror - Let’s start with perhaps the most prominent. As a web browser Konqueror is decent, but as a file manager is where it shines for me. I absolutely love it. It loads incrediby fast. It’s very polished and doesn’t have any extra stuff slowing it down.

2. Appearance -

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