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GNOME vs. KDE vs. Unity: Customization Tools and Ease of Use

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Customization has always had a high priority on the Linux desktop. That hasn't changed now that the two major desktops have become three -- GNOME, KDE and Ubuntu's Unity. If anything, as much as two-thirds of the complaints are about this trio.

Often, the problem isn't that a tool is missing, but that it's been renamed or repositioned. But the questions remain: Which of the three major Linux desktops offers the most customization tools, and which tools are easiest to use?

To look for an answer, I've compared visual interfaces for the three desktops for personal customization and for general system settings, which can also have an effect on setting up a computer according to your preferences.

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Gnome/KDE

Gnome: My desktop environment that now looks like your smart phone instead of normal human being desktops is better.

KDE: No! My buggy desktop environment is better.

XFCE: Nope, my crappy desktop environment that will still use deprecated gtk+ 2.0 functions for the next 20 years and leaks Gigs of memory more than gnome/kde is better. It's actually much slower than gnome 2.32 but you didn't hear that from me Wink

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