The best Linux desktop environment for your needs?

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The best Linux desktop for you?

There are tons of different options when it comes to desktop environments for Linux. But which one is right for you? That's a tough call and can only be made by each individual, but Datamation has some ideas to get you started finding your preferred desktop environment.

Matt Hartley at Datamation reports:

Over the years, the debate over the best Linux desktop environment has raged on. KDE, Gnome, one of the lighter weight Linux desktops – there are so many options to choose from. In this article, I’ll examine the variety of desktops available and compare them accordingly.

MATE

Xfce

Pantheon

LXDE

LXQt

GNOME

KDE

Cinammon

Unity

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Alan Henry at Lifehacker also had an article from back in October of 2014 that considered the same question:

Whether you're customizing your Linux install or choosing a distro to go with, one of your many options is the desktop environment you use. There are tons to choose from, all with different benefits and features. There may be no one single best, but this week we're looking at five of them, based on your nominations.

Earlier in the week we asked you to tell us which Linux desktop environment was your favorite—mind you, we're talking about DEs, not distributions—and you replied with tons of great options, from the useful to the hilarious. Let's take a look at the five nominees that rose to the top, thanks to your votes, in no particular order:

GNOME Shell

Cinnamon

Xfce

KDE

Unity

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SJVN at ZDNet also took a stab at highlighting some of the best Linux desktops:

Unlike Windows or Mac OS X, Linux offers a wide variety of desktop environments. Here are my picks of the most important of these PC interfaces.

KDE Plasma 5

GNOME 3.12

Ubuntu Unity 7

Cinnamon 2.0

LXDE 0.6.2

More at ZDNet

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