howtogeek at May 18th, 2013 06:42 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/163154/linux-users-have-a-choice-8-linux-desktop-environments/
There’s no one true desktop environment for Linux. Unlike competing operating systems like Windows, Linux users have a choice of many different desktop environments, all with their own styles and strengths.
robert_zanol at May 18th, 2013 07:42 — #2
No reason to "not use a distro" because of its DE. You can install any of the DEs that you prefer on any distro.
nanogeek at May 18th, 2013 07:43 — #3
LXDE is the best Desktop :strawberry: Pi Warriors!
(I know it is a strawberry...)
odysiuss at May 18th, 2013 08:34 — #4
the first thing ever i always do when i install linux on a new machine ( fedora , ubuntu) is getting rid of the shitty so called unity desktop , i do not know what the dvelopers were thinking when they made it ,they have no concept of user interface and user requirements .at least for me it is too much .
you need to use both your hands and somtimes one of your feet to go around this desktop .i use Alt+tab on this desktop most of the time just to switch between opened apps .
NO More .
Unity Sux and i hope it is not adopted by default in the next coming versions in ubuntu and fedora.
libre_lbelmont at May 18th, 2013 09:24 — #5
I am really sick of GNOME's(and a few other DEs based on gtk) registry-like methods to customize the graphical interface, on the contrary, KDE offers all of the customizations by visual configuration ( means you can simply click or drag to get it done, not locate to a key in a config file and change some parameters), that is one of the reasons I always prefer KDE.
P.S. GNOME3 was the hugest mistake the GNOME team ever made.
reinaldo_opus at May 18th, 2013 10:02 — #6
Hi Guys, I got the article. I will apply it here in Unileste(INFOSOL/LIC). Unfortunately we'll use Xfce because of lightweight apps. Thx in advance.
cmaglaughlin at May 18th, 2013 10:41 — #7
There's no place like Gnome, the simpler the better, NOT unity crap! I'm retired. I could give a rat's ass about learning new garbage, especially when I don't need to, and it's NOT important. The desktop is the launching pad. I'll stick with what I know and what works. Developers have too much time on their hands. If I could have stayed with Ubuntu 8.10 or 9.10, I would have been happy. 10.04 is just fine, thank you!
campbell2644 at May 18th, 2013 10:57 — #8
I have various machines. I use Mint Cinammon on one,Mint Mate on another and Ubuntu Gnome on the third.I'm happy with all of them. On a prevoius version of Ubuntu I did my best to like Unity but failed.
akshay2000 at May 18th, 2013 11:06 — #9
I don't even know what you mean. Fedora can't possibly be using Unity as default! It's developed by canonical exclusively for Ubuntu.
P.S.: I've rarely seen a Linux user flame like a typical Apple fanboy.
akshay2000 at May 18th, 2013 11:09 — #10
Someone please tell that to all those fanboys! I guess one has to go through at least one headless or completely CLI setup like Arch Linux to realize that.
robert_zanol at May 18th, 2013 11:25 — #11
I have tried KDE, Gnome, XFCE and LXDE. I love Unity. It is so much more intuitive. I hate having to scroll through menus. With Unity I just depress the windows key and type what I want to open. I have Unity Bar set to auto hide, so I don't see it unless I swipe the mouse pointer on left side of screen or I hit the windows key.
However I respect your choice of DE. That is what linux is all about: Choice!
localhost at May 18th, 2013 12:26 — #12
Speaking of Arch, I vote that HTG does a guide/walkthrough on installing Arch Linux properly. Obviously there are an infinite number of choices to be made, but even a simple guide showing the "safe defaults" would be nice.
hatry at May 18th, 2013 13:10 — #13
Typo on the last line of the MATE section.
original: while MINT is stuck with the older GTK 2
fix: while MATE is stuck with the older GTK 2
themike at May 18th, 2013 15:47 — #14
I'm a fan of KDE for the customization. it has to look as good as it works and Mint KDE hasn't failed yet. I have been playing around with XFCE (xubuntu) and it does everything i need so far, but I'm just testing it. I've also been using Mint LXDE, so far it's the fastest distro I've used but not everything I use works. That's not a big deal, I'm just not familiar with debian yet.
jah_pickney at May 18th, 2013 16:17 — #15
I used to be a fan of Gnome 2 and XFCE, but ever since Bodhi became my distro of choice I've fallen in love with E17. There are also advantages to using a simple window manager, such as Openbox, as well. Install both GTK and QT then pick whatever software you like. It's a good way to cut out some of the "bloat" of a full DE.
robynsveil at May 18th, 2013 19:16 — #16
I've been doing "Older Laptop Rescues" on 3-4 year-old laptops their owners are ready to chuck because they're "so darn slow"... those owners don't realise there's nothing wrong with the hardware, it's the OS.
So, I clean that OS as best I can, defrag and shrink down the Win partition which typically leaves a good-sized area to install Mint with the Cinnamon DE. I do check back with these users to make sure they're happy with this: uniformly elated!
I chose Cinnamon because for Windows users, it most closely resembles what they're already used to. To me, honouring workflow and respecting people's hard-earned knowledge of computing is crucial for getting them to accept a new computing environment.
As we say here in Oz: "new isn't always better"... there has to be visible, appreciable benefits to making a change. So, I make sure not just that these new GNULinux converts are initially happy, but stay happy!
knott at May 18th, 2013 19:38 — #17
What is a "full-screen launcher"? (I thought a "launcher" was a desktop
icon (hopefully with an english label) that one can click to run a program.)
One of the comparisons i'd like to see is how one creates such an icon in each environment for xterm say, and also for a homemade program in my home dir.
kerry_waldrip at May 18th, 2013 21:09 — #18
Finally got e17 working on Fedora 17 and I won't be going back. It is amazing! And if you use the command line a lot, consider using Terminology as your terminal program. Very cool.
jeepmanjr80 at May 18th, 2013 21:41 — #19
Got more than one monitor? Got a high end graphics card? Got a scanner? Got a label printer? Do you do anything other than surf and check email? Got a MS LAN? LOL.....then obviously Linux is not for you. That is, unless you like one aggravation after another. Fact. Don't let anyone fool you. Linux is still not ready for prime time.
robert_zanol at May 18th, 2013 22:32 — #20
Got two monitors, no problem in linux. Got a scanner, no problem in linux with that either. Don't have a high end graphic card because no need to. An Nvidia GeForce 9500 GT suits my needs. No problem with that either, have full effects in compiz. The problem may be the operator.
Granted some things are tough to configure in Linux and a few just won't work at all. Instead of trashing something, maybe you can share with us the great things you can do with your windows. I am all ears.
Edit: Don't mean to be abrasive jeepmanjr80, but your response is way off base. This topic isn't about whether linux is ready for prime time. It is about the many DE options available in linux. Most linux users don't really care if it is ever ready for prime time, all they care about is how well it works for them. And that my friend is why they use it!
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