It is a matter of feel, mostly. Gnome does not have a navigation panel in nautilus like konqueror does, and I have been used to using one since Dosshell came out. I like XFE ok but konqueror is better. I have tried Gnome several times, and it is just not as configurable as Kde for my tastes. And there is no synaptic repair tool in PCLinuxGnome, so I could not download package updates after installing because synaptic was broke. I just discovered this morning that LXDE has an option to use Kde or Gnome so I tried it in Kde. It is OK, but the Kde is more generic, so you can really see what a good job Tex does with Kde. As to Kde 4 I would like it to look like 3.5, cuz it looks too much like Vista Aero and the lack of contrast in the theme is harder for old guys like me to see. I hope they take a step back like MS did when going from Vista to 7. I have been with PCLOS for almost 3 years now, and though I try other distros, I stay with it because it is just better all around.