GNOME vs. KDE: The Final Smackdown

Two Linux desktops step into the ring. But in the end, there can be only one...


Ken: The bell for round two just sounded, and KDE is on the offensive with more about its improved applets and desktop features.

Red: And GNOME just got pasted with a hard right from KDE’s pastebin services; Quicklauncher, weather information, newsfeeds, comics and file sharing!

Ken: That had to hurt! Look at KDE continuing to jab with PowerDevil; The unobtrusive power management for laptops and mobile devices!

Red: Ouch! GNOME is almost unable to respond to KDE’s relentless pounding. Those new KDE printer tools make setting up and managing printers far easier than ever before.

Ken: They sure do. And that has GNOME staggered! GNOME is back against the ropes with that last combination!

Red: But what a response! GNOME counters with its lower memory usage than KDE.

Ken: KDE remains undaunted with a gut punch of its own — version 4.x uses 39% less memory than version 3.5.

Red: None of GNOME’s moves seem to phase KDE, Ken. It just steps up to put more hurt on GNOME with its new desktop Widgets and –

Ken: Oh, what an uppercut!!! I felt that punch way down here at ringside!

Red: GNOME just nailed KDE with the fact that KDE’s default office suite is KOffice!

Ken: Ouch! KDE just went to the mat! Hard!

Red: KOffice isn’t compatible with Microsoft Office?

Ken: You got it! That puts its users at a real disadvantage!

Red: It’s complete chaos here at the Linux Magazine Arena! The fanboys are on their feet — they’re starting to punch each other!

Ken: Fights are breaking out all over the arena!

Referee: One!…Two!…Three!…

Red: KDE’s hurting badly on this one, Ken! This fight might be over right here and now!

Referee: Four!…Five!…

Red: In what looked like an even matchup, GNOME might’ve just found the golden ticket with that KOffice skull crusher!

Ken: You have to wonder what the KDE coaches are thinking right now.

Red: I’d be calling my bookee.

Referee: Six!…Seven!…Eight!…

Ken: Security is breaking up numerous fanboy-on-fanboy slap fights in the stands. Madness!

Red: Wait, KDE’s getting up! It looks like this match will go on after all! How can KDE recover from this? It’s cut!

Ken: KDE staggers to the ropes, swinging wildly with more about widgets, the Okular document reader and its enhanced KWin window manager!

Red: Dazed and confused, now KDE is dredging up its long history of educational applications including Kalzium, KStars and Math programs!

Ken: This is almost too sad to watch as KDE struggles to recover. GNOME clearly has the upper hand in this round.

Red: There’s the bell. KDE’s second rushes out to help the fighter back to the corner. Man, what a beating!


Ken: My head it throbbing just from watching this punishment, Red. Let’s tally the score while GNOME and KDE take their corners and get ready for round three in this extreme, once-in-a-lifetime total desktop beatdown.

Red: Well, KDE came on strong in the early part of this round with it’s unique and improved applets and power management software, but I had it even with GNOME when they traded blows on memory consumption.

Ken: Then came the near-knockout punch of the century when GNOME landed that KOffice uppercut on KDE.

Red: Yes, but even after that, somehow KDE managed to rally enough to tap GNOME with its hook into the educational application area.

Ken: Shocking. As injured as it may be, my scorecard shows KDE ahead but weakened going into this third and final round. Let’s go back to the ring…

Desktop Applets
Memory Usage
Office Suite
Educational Software


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