Well, I basically failed in my efforts to find a iTunes replacement for Linux, or at least one that was Gnome-based. However, Amarok is pretty often hailed as the best Linux music player there is, so I’m just going to bite the bullet and move to Kubuntu.
However, Amarok is not the only reason I’m seriously considering the move. I have two much bigger problems with Gnome:
- Gnome masks too much functionality from me.
- Gnome as a whole is not very well integrated.
Although #2 may be fixed at some point, #1 is likely never going to be fixed. I’d really rather deal with the complexity of KDE than the limitations of Gnome. KDE has its own problems, though:
- KDE has abandoned the desktop metaphor for pure widgetry.
- KDE is slower than even Gnome, and is on average slightly more unstable.
- KDE is much harder to re-theme than Gnome (this may have changed since my experiences with KDE 3.5, though).
KDE’s sins are at least more forgivable since they’re still recovering from a major codebase revision/rewrite (e.g., weird quirks like Dolphin’s rating/comments system and the desktop-as-a-widget model). Beyond that, I see KDE as being way cooler in a year’s time than Gnome will be.
So what does that mean for me? Time to reinstall Linux on Limited Edition! I’ll let you know if/how much I like KDE once I get it up and running. (I also welcome the chance to try a separate ext2-formatted /boot partition, and see how that will affect my boot time.)