Is it Windows 7 or KDE 4?

Is it Windows 7 or KDE 4?

Summary: Is it Windows 7 or KDE 4? In this video, we take to Sydney's streets to find out what people think of what they think is a Windows 7 demonstration.


Is it Windows 7 or KDE 4? In this video, we take to Sydney's streets to find out what people think of what they think is a Windows 7 demonstration.

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The net result? Mainly, people just didn't like Vista.

What do you think? Do Windows 7 and KDE 4 just look way too alike to tell the difference? Which one looks better? Post your comments below.

Topics: Windows, Linux, Open Source


Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

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  • brilliant!

    great work boys. i would have loved to see their reactions once you told them it was actually KDE...

    You did tell them, right?
  • hhahaha


    this is great stuff

    I wan't to know too... did you tell them it was actually Linux/KDE?
  • What did you learn...

    Personally I think you did learn a few things...

    1. The average person on the street knows very little about technology.
    2. Average users really don't want to learn how to use thier current OS
    3. Really beleive the hype
  • Best conclusion ever

    So good, I can't add my own.

    People seemed impressed with the look of it, but you can draw your own conclusion from that.

    Not that I've used KDE 4.2 or win7 myself...
  • Awesome..

    That was a great video!

    Thanks for making it.
  • Why didn't you...

    Why didn't you use Amarok 2 instead of Amarok 1.x?
    And why didn't you tell the people in the end that it was KDE 4?
    Otherwise great video ;)
  • Uhm

    What's KDE 4?
  • eh, emerged from cave?

    KDE4 is work codename of Win7 from Microsoft.

    jokes aside, I so far like KDE3.5 much more then 4.2. I mean except visual bling in 4.2 everything else look to be unfinished, broken or non existent, but especially cluttering way to get things done. Unless you want to scale and rotate some plasmoid at your desktop, I bet at that part 4.2 is much much better then 3.5. But that somehow doesn't impress me.
  • RE: Uhm

    If you have to ask what KDE 4 is, then you are not a Linux user. KDE 4 is the latest desktop environment for Linux from the K Development Team. What's even more amazing, is that KDE 4.2 is still beta software, and it works better and faster than Windows 7.

    Windows 7 (I've used the beta), to me, looks like KDE that's poorly implemented. It has the look (albeit a bad look) and feel (but not as configurable) as KDE. Any Windows user would be amazed at just how easily KDE can be configured.

    It looks like MS has stolen another idea (but isn't that their business model?) and implemented it poorly. A while back, lots of MS folks were crowded around the KDE booth at a Linux software show. Looks like they got what they were after ... although, anyone can, since it's free and open source ... unlike MS's software.
  • Good artists copy...

    ...great artists steal.
  • Nice!

    Linux needs clever ads like this.
    Show how slick it is to regular people, don't confuse them with all the Linux vs Windows stuff.
  • hey...

    ever notice how you guys just tricked people, and this really doesn't prove anything? first off, KDE4 looks a hell of a lot more like vista than it does Win7. Second, every one of those people would be disappointed as soon as they find out they can't run any of the programs they used to.
  • It's Linux desktop environment

    KDE 7 is one of Linux's desktops environments (a set of applications among a few other things).

    It's like a layer over the main Operating System which provides some resources to the user.

    In Windows, it's bundled with the system, but it would be the set of Windows Explorer, IE, WMP, etc.
  • ...

    yeah, i'd like to see that part.
    "by the way, this isn't windows, and it won't run any of your sh*t"

    "oh, well i won't be using THAT then. thanks for pointing it out."
  • ahhhh!

    how could you not ask "and what if i told you this was actually just free software and you could go download it now for free?"

    but it fun little experiment :) thanks!
  • Reactions

    I think it would be hilarious if you told them it was Linux instead of Windows 7, maybe you would get this sort of reaction: ...
  • Great work

    Great work. I heard the it at [millionaire friends. com], where celebrities, pro athletes and wealthy singles mingle. Many people are talking about it there. ...
  • o0

    wow, you found a bunch of idiots who don't know what they're talking about

  • wow

    could you make that a hyperlink? I sure am interested in meeting celebrities, pro athletes and wealthy singles shooting the breeze about KDE 4.
  • Err...

    Well...actually it kinda does...

    I mean... people already use free software...
    Most of people use Firefox...
    VLC is also pretty much popular...
    So does OpenOffice...

    And for everything else... well, you see what they said : KDE4 is easier (and KDE4 does everything a lambda user may want to do... and much more).