How I Learned to Love the KDE 4 Series
For nine years, my default desktop was GNOME. But a glitch on my system that left GNOME unstartable coincided with the release of KDE 4.2, and -- not having the time to reinstall -- I switched to KDE. I haven't looked back since.
Nobody could have been more surprised than I was. I'd worked in KDE 3.x many times, of course, but I was never comfortable in it. The defaults themes and icons looked so blocky and childish that it didn't look in the least modern. It was so different from GNOME that I might as well have been in another operating system.
So why did I switch permanently? Two main reasons come to mind: KDE's design philosophy and its ability to innovate without dictating.