openSUSE to default to KDE
openSUSE is defaulting to the KDE desktop, according to an announcement on the opensuse-project mailing list by Micahel Löffler. From openSUSE 11.2 onwards, the installation process from DVD will offer a choice between KDE and GNOME, with KDE pre-selected. Users accepting the default installation settings will therefore get a KDE desktop.
Löffler points out that this is not a downgrading of the status of the GNOME desktop and that the openSUSE developers regard both open source desktops as "equal citizens within the openSUSE project". The issue of changing the default was raised as a feature request at the end of July coming to wider attention earlier this month. Thanking everyone for "conducting the conversation in a professional and courteous manner", Löffler reflected that the "lively debate" showed the "strength of the community". openSUSE 11.2 is expected to be released in November.