Linus Torvalds Switched Back To Gnome

Linus Torvalds, Linux’s creator, dislikes the GNOME desktop. There was a big flame war(s) between Linus Torvalds and the GNOME community. At one point he claimed that – “Gnome seems to be developed by interface Nazis and that its developers believe their users are idiots“. And guess what? Who made the switch to Gnome?

Now, Linus thinks KDE 4 sucks and it is a disaster. From the computerworld interview:

I used to be a KDE user. I thought KDE 4.0 was such a disaster I switched to GNOME. I hate the fact that my right button doesn’t do what I want it to do. But the whole “break everything” model is painful for users and they can choose to use something else.

I realise the reason for the 4.0 release, but I think they did it badly. They did so may changes it was a half-baked release. It may turn out to be the right decision in the end and I will re-try KDE, but I suspect I’m not the only person they lost.

I tried KDE4 for day or two.. and it had some nasty bugs and features. To be frank, KDE 3.5 was much better and superior to GNOME. Personally, I prefer GNOME’s easy to follow clean interface without bugs. What do you think?

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48 comments… add one
  • M.S. Babaei Sep 22, 2010 @ 10:38

    another +1 for xfce4. can’t live without that! it simply RoCKS!

  • Matt Kukowski Jan 20, 2010 @ 9:20

    I think the reason GNOME is getting so big is because of all the major corporate backers. Canonical, Redhat, etc.

    Im going to install Xubuntu now… bye bye.

    BTW I use GNOME primarily.

  • Ilya Nov 28, 2009 @ 13:14

    Yes, he could just fork kde3 and with his name as a brand all distros would include it. He also could declare KDE3 “official” desktop for Linux and so on. Nobody would ignore such step.

  • Olivier Nov 27, 2009 @ 20:49

    Who cares what Linus thinks or does ? One more time, he just makes a fool of himself.
    If he doesn’t like something, why doesn’t he just codes one like he did with git ?

  • Bruce Blacklaws Oct 19, 2009 @ 4:44

    I’m a Xfce guy. KDE/Gnome have never done it for me.

  • Suresh Sep 15, 2009 @ 10:10

    Just switched to kde 4.3.1 and it is perfect for me.

  • Bob Aug 31, 2009 @ 0:28

    Wouldn’t be a problem if Linux users & programmers weren’t soo sloppy. I have seen many open source programs but Linux is the only open os that I have seen that is extra half-assed….

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