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14 January 2007 Sunday

Gnome or KDE for me?

slated in moments at 9:37 pm

So.. I now have a fully working and competent (some offense to Dani) computer. All files and settings not yet transferred, but very up and running. I promised myself and others that I’d one day tackle Linux, and that it would probably be once I finally got a desktop.
Day is here.
From previous conversations (from many many months ago) I’m assuming that Ubuntu is still the best way for me to go, having no exposure to Linux thus far.. But now I see there are further options (aren’t there always..)
so the answer I must figure before I can move along with installing anything, is whether I want a KDE environment or a Gnome environment? Offhanded understanding is that KDE is a bit more complicated but far more customizeable. I like customizing. Gnome is default..

Will most applications run in one rather than the other? What will the main differences be to me?

Is there a quick way to hop between one OS to another? I’ll be running WinXP on one drive and Linux on another… I guess logging off (closes down all programs) and logging into the other OS, or restarting and choosing which to boot from…? How’s this going to work? I’ve never personally run a dual-boot system before…

I’ll be running research on this over the next couple days I guess… Or I’ll get hasty (prob/possible) and make some quick decisions and get this all setup this afternoon… ...hopefully not with the hasty though.

...hey.. so..for example.. do I have to install KDE first and then install Kubuntu? or would Kubuntu have KDE within it? Obviously, I don’t know what I’m doing at all.

and if I go with Gnome first, and decide I want KDE later, does that mean I have to wipe the drive?/Will installing KDE over it erase all my existing files/applications?
Gah.

Comments on Gnome or KDE for me?

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    > Is there a quick way to hop between one OS to another?

    Dual / multi-booting is a viable option but if your new system is fast & powerful enough (which it should be), I’d recommend you look into virtualization. i.e. run Linux inside a window under Windows XP or vice versa

    Steve Gibson & Leo Laporte did a whole series of podcasts on this subject. Here’s a link to the first in the series: http://www.twit.tv/sn50

    You can safely skip the first 5:25 minutes but these guys get pretty technical and they may still put you to sleep… :)

    commented Tue 16 Jan 2007, 07:35:04 AM :: link
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