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OpenSUSE is defaulting to the KDE desktop in the installation process beginning with the next release and onwards.

An announcement of the switch was made Thursday via a mailing list posting by product manager Michael Löffler.

Although SUSE Linux has historically been a major backer of KDE, the desktop environment was given equal weight to GNOME after Novell acquired SUSE Linux in 2004 along with the Ximian folks that previous year.

When openSUSE 11.2 is released into the wild, the installation process in the DVD installer will default the radio button to KDE. It's a small switch, but then, a lot folks tend to just cruise on through the default options.

However, the openSUSE developers say the decision won't leave GNOME at the curb.

"We want to make clear that both desktops are considered equal citizens within the openSUSE Project, and this will not have any impact on the quality of the GNOME desktop within openSUSE. GNOME will continue to be offered as a top-level installation choice, and we will continue to strive to provide the best GNOME and KDE desktop experience," Löffler wrote.

Version 11.2 is expected to hit sometime in November. ®

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