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GNOME vs KDE: Usability vs. Options

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After a week of using GNOME, Eric Griffith concluded that GNOME was more usable than KDE, arranging features more intelligently and conveniently. Even a quick glance shows that he is right. In fact, considering the number of years that GNOME has focused on usability, the only surprising outcome would be if he were wrong.

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Ok, here is my opinion. KDE4/Qt4 with a patched akonadi was literally rock solid.
I used KDE for years now since Gnome3 was released.
Now that KF5 is out and not everything is ported to KF5/Qt5, I am testing a few things such as Gnome 3.16.
It is definitely a beautiful desktop but the bugs, memory leaks, and gnome-shell crashes are too much. I will give it two months then test xfce for another two months and then hopefully back to KF5.


I have been using the latest KF5 (not GNOME) for the past 2 months and "a beautiful desktop but the bugs, memory leaks" is how I'd describe it. It's very messy in all sorts of ways and I can't wait until they make it stable, less leaky, less buggy, etc. I sometimes regret moving to it so early.


I know what you mean with regretting moving to kf5 so early...

There will be a kde applications 15.08 release next month along with kf5 5.13 but some important things such as dolphin are unlikely to get fully ported to KF5/Qt5 this year.

I really like KDE. It works very well. Gnome needs lots of tweeks and cleanups to get working decently.
Perhaps I will give KF5 another shot next month Smile

The nice thing about Linux package management is that testing only costs time/bandwidth.

Speaking of which...since dolphin is the primary reason I decided to explore alternatives to KDE, what would you recommend using instead of dolphin if I don't want to keep Qt4/kdelibs4 installed?


Rianne is trying Unity these days. I'm just grumpy and sort of stuck with KDE/KF5 for now. I hope it'll get fixed. I tried pretty much all the alternatives over the years and tried about half a dozen last year alone. KDE3 was very good, KDE4 improved enough to catch up with it, Qt5 takes us backwards again.


Part of it is because Qt5 puts QML as a first class citizen instead of C++ for user interfaces. JS memory usage is difficult to keep track of.

Do you know any good file manager alternatives to dolphin preferably something that uses Qt5 or gtk3 (new versions of those toolkits)?
Thank you.

Alternatives to dolphin

I don't know of one, either, but if you hear of one, let me know. Konqueror is obviously not being modernised anymore.

Alternatives to dolphin

I'll let you know when I find something. Thank you.

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