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12. Great Programs That Aren’t on the CD > 12.1. GNOME: An Alternative to KDE

GNOME: An Alternative to KDE

KDE isn’t the only desktop environment available on Linux. In fact, there are dozens, but the most well known after KDE is GNOME (pronounced Guh-nome, but people forget to say it that way all the time). Switching desktop environments from KDE to GNOME completely transforms the look and feel of your computer. You will not use more than one desktop environment at a time, but you can freely switch between them when you log into your computer.

The GNOME project started in 1997 as an alternative to the KDE environment, because some people didn’t like that KDE was using a non-open source tool in its programs. Even though this sore point has since been addressed to most people’s satisfaction, the GNOME project had a lot of talented coders working on it and has continued to be developed. It’s debatable as to which is the best or most popular, but you would be doing yourself a disservice if you did not try out GNOME at some point.


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