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Basic Overview of Differences Between Gnome and KDE

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In one my previous posts, I went over some of the basics of Linux. One of the major aspects I discussed was the difficulty in choosing which desktop environment you would like to use. The two most popular choices are Gnome and KDE. Both desktop environments offer great functionality and by most accounts they are very similar. For anyone new to Linux, the subtle differences are not clear. I thought it would be good to list three of the primary along with the perceived differences of Gnome and KDE for new Linux users.

The first and most obvious differences fall in the aesthetic area. The differences in aesthetics can easily (and most often) be changed by any user. The easiest way to overview these is by using each desktop environment's default settings. All of the comparisons below are using the default settings after installation. For this and all of the comparisons, I have used the Ubuntu and Kubuntu Linux distributions.

Aesthetics in desktop environments most commonly start with color schemes.

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