November 1, 2007
Choosing a Desktop for GNU/Linux
Author: JT Smith
"It's like starting another operating system," a colleague complained recently when he switched from the GNOME to the KDE desktop. He was exaggerating, but the impression is accurate. Unlike Windows or OS X, where the desktop and the window manager -- the program that controls how programs open -- are fixed, in GNU/Linux, you have dozens of choices for a graphical interface, each one with its own look, tradition, and utilities.