KDE has a pretty specific purpose in my opinion: to provide a similar environment to what people have grown used to in Windows. And it does that pretty well I think. If KDE were to cater to the other crowd it would be WindowMaker or something more spartan. KDE is an excellent wm for transitioning from win32.Richard said:
IMO, WindowMaker is the most versatile. It is really quite great at doing what its supposed to do. Its short in the eye candy department, but honestly, how much time do you spend staring at the desktop?
Which is why I don't like KDE. KDE caters to much to the "Gee whiz would ya look at that" crowd. If half the KDErs would put as much effort into actually using Linux as they do in skinning the desktop they'd be software engineers.