On the Gnome Usability mailing list, Linus Torvalds replied to a mail from Till Kamppeter asking about PPD options removed from the printing dialog, by actively saying that he (Linus) encourages everyone to switch or use KDE. He then goes to criticize Gnome developers as ‘interface Nazis’, which care more about dumbing down the user interface than they care about implementing new features.
I personally have been using KDE since 1.x, and I’ve always preferred it to Gnome, but time to time I come in contact with Gnome, mainly because the distribution I’m testing comes with Gnome by default (like Ubuntu, which I tested last month). And I’ve seen how features that were in one release suddenly disappear in the following one. And I don’t mean the are hidden in an ‘advanced’ mode. They simply just aren’t there anymore. It is really a shame that many popular projects are using Gnome (or GTK+, rather) as their windows toolkit, like Firefox (which by the way, just released 1.5) or even Eclipse.
It’s good to hear other people say they prefer KDE, but when it comes from the guy who invented the Linux kernel, my respect for KDE just went up a couple of notches (My respect for Gnome is already too low to lose points). I saw this story at OSNews (sent to me by a friend).