my first taste of Linux desktop environments was with a Gnome. that was about 6 years ago. our teacher, then a Linux addict but now a staunch Microsoft promoter who would even go as far as criticizing and bad-mouthing what he once believed in (makes me think how stupid he must feel now), “forced” us into using Linux when doing C programs. this was for one whole semester at school. i figured, i might as well install “this Linux thingy” on my own PC. so i got a copy of Red Hat 6.1 and squeezed it in together with my Windows 98 on a 3.2GB harddisk. i don’t know how i even managed to do this. i was, at that time, very fond of Diablo 2. this game takes up quite a space, especially if you have the expansion installed as well.
so anyway, we were only required to use the pico text editor when asked to do a program in C. being the curious type, i installed Gnome as well. i couldn’t understand it. it is totally different from the Windows 98 i was so familiar with back then. still i kinda had the feeling that i was gonna like Linux or Gnome. and i was not mistaken.
today however, i’m a big KDE fan, and have been for half the time that i’ve been using Linux. and the weird thing is that for all that time, from the switch to KDE up to about 1 month ago, the instant messenger app i’ve been using was Gaim. when i installed Linux on my office workstation i thought i might try Kopete again (yes i did use it when i first used KDE, but only for a short time coz i didn’t like it for some odd reason). now i just love it! it has features you can’t get in Gaim. now don’t get me wrong. Gaim is a powerful multi-protocol IM client. however, their main purpose, that of Kopete and Gaim, is just about the same, so i’m not really comparing anything. it’s just the added bonus that comes along with the package that has made me opt for Kopete lately.