7 Feb 2010, 10:52pm

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  • KDE vs. Gnome

    Now, my deci­sion is final: KDE rules (though I actu­ally pre­fer the look of Gnome :( ).

    Sim­ple rea­son: Gnome does not sup­port drag-and-drop in com­bi­na­tion with alt+tab (see bug tracker), but there might be hope with the upcom­ing Gnome 3.

    [Edit 2011-06-14: Indeed, drag-and-drop + alt-tab works since since Ubuntu 11.04 (did not try with 10.10). One major dif­fer­ence remains: Do you need a lot of con­fig­u­ra­tion and cus­tomiza­tion options? And are you will to accept com­plex, maybe not that self-explaining menu struc­tures for that? If yes, KDE is your choice, oth­er­wise Gnome might make your life eas­ier. See also this page for more details and screenshots.]

    In more detail: using drag-and-drop together with alt+tab key com­bi­na­tion allows to work very effi­ciently. For exam­ple, while order­ing my pho­tos, I want to work on one of them — as I do this reg­u­larly, Gimp is opened already, but in the back­ground — so what I do using KDE or MS Win­dows is, I grab the pic­ture, switch to Gimp by using alt+tab and imme­di­ately drop the pic­ture with­out mov­ing the mouse at all — I am quite con­fi­dent that this is the fastest way of open­ing a pic­ture for edit­ing. Some peo­ple advice to set Gimp as default appli­ca­tion to open JPEGs, but I am not always edit­ing pic­tures, most of the times I just want to view them.

    Using “Open With” on a JPEG file for sure is the com­mon approach — but let’s com­pare it:

    • Drag-and-drop & alt+tab
      • Actions to be per­formed: mouse down + key down + key up + mouse up
      • In total: four fast steps
    • Open With” solu­tion (hold­ing mouse down as improvement)
      • Actions to be performed:mouse down + mov­ing to “Open With” + wait for sub-menu to open + move to sub-menu + mouse up
      • In total: two fast, three slow steps