"GNOME and KDE have one real purpose: to make Unix look and act more like Windows. They are the first "GUIs" Linux has had, and it's no accident that the main purpose of these two environments is to partially mimic the look and feel of Windows. In other words, to present the casual user with a familiar interface. But even these environments reflect the Unix world's belief that consistency and commonality are evils to be stamped out wherever possible."
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