Why Gnome

In the linux world, you have to choose constantly, it’s all about decissions. One of the most tipycal questions is what kind of desktop one should choose. The are multiple answers but there are two that are more likely to be answered, which are kde and gnome. Kde and Gnome are two different platforms with its prons and cons. Both have an enormous variety of software and its philosophy is quite different. While Gnome is build upon the GTK Toolkit, Kde is build upon Qt. GTK are free and Qt are from a company whose name is Trolltech.
I prefer GTK to Qt, because its simplicity and the ‘it just works’ philosophy. I can’t stand those applications with plenty of options that are difficult to understand, or difficult to configure. Although there are awesome applications from kde like k3b, kile and eric, I like much more the look and feel of GTK. It’s let’s say more professional.
One thing that’s true is that kde is more integrated than gnome. All kde apps are done mainly using C++ and Gnome no one knows (mainly in C). But things are changing now, and Gnome is implementing the Microsoft .net framework by using C#, an object oriented programming language similar to java, which is incredibly easy and enable programmers to build apps very quickly. Thanks to this new environment, plenty of awesome apps are flourishing for the gnome platform, to name a few: Beagle, Tomboy, Muine, Banshee, F-Spot…
Another point for Gnome, is that I don’t like the kde sound engine artsd. My favourite mp3 player, xmms, doesn’t seem to like artsd very much and if you want xmms run in the kde platform you have to end up killing artsd.
In any case, you can run any app independently of the platform, which is great. I couldn’t live without k3b and I mostly run Gnome 😉

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About jordilin

I'm a Senior Software Engineer with an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering. I've got a range of interests including Linux, a very powerful and limitless operating system, travelling, gastronomy and technology.
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