The GNOME and KDE Desktop Environments

A desktop environment for X provides one or more window managers and a suite of clients that conform to a standard graphical interface based on a common set of software libraries. When they are used to develop associated clients, these libraries provide graphical consistency for the client windows, menus, buttons, and other onscreen components, along with some common keyboard controls and client dialogs. The following sections briefly discuss the two desktop environments that are included with Ubuntu: GNOME and KDE.

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