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Torvalds: “Please, just tell people to use KDE.”

Dec 13, 20051 min
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I personally just encourage people to switch to KDE.

This ‘users are idiots, and are confused by functionality’ mentality of Gnome is a disease. If you think your users are idiots, only idiots will use it. I don’t use Gnome, because in striving to be simple, it has long since reached the point where it simply doesn’t do what I need it to do.

Please, just tell people to use KDE.

— Linus Torvalds dissing Gnome on the Gnome usability mailing list. Ouch.


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