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KDE vs. Gnome system management

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A few weeks back, we talked about KDE and Gnome in daily life, and how they fared from the applications perspective, when you pit programs developed for one environment against those created for the other. We learned a valuable lesson that technology and practicality do not necessarily go hand in hand, nor that you can easily draw a clear line between the two. Finally, we discovered the joy of freedom, in that you can mix software, regardless of whichever desktop you choose, and get the best of all worlds. Now, the big question is, does the same set of conclusions apply when you try to administer your box? Well, to answer that, we will check how easy and intuitive it is to manage Linux when you choose KDE or Gnome as your platform.

I will show you a handful of common activities, like Wireless card setup, printing, appearance bells and whistles, and a few other tasks, repeated in both of these desktop environments, and we will try to decide which one is better suited for the common user, I repeat common user. We will not discuss installations, package management or distro-specific items, because they ultimately eclipse and shadow the desktop environment. Anyhow, let us begin with KDE.

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