Your favorite Linux desktop environment?
One of the best things about Linux is the sheer range of different desktop environments. There's something for everybody out there, regardless of whether you are a minimalist or a maximalist. You can find a desktop that meets your needs and desires. Opensource.com is featuring a poll about favorite Linux desktop environments. Take the poll and share your thoughts.
When you install a Linux distribution, a set of programs comes along with it. It's easy to add and delete elements of the programs that don't fit your needs, says Meine in his article How to choose the best Linux desktop for you. But what about altering the look and feel?
The key is to go with the right desktop environment for you.
We've chosen a few in this poll, but there are many more. Which is your favorite and why? You can tell us in the comments, or even submit an article about it.
Opensource.com readers shared their thoughts about their favorite desktops:
Don Watkins: "I like Gnome the best but I'm currently using Unity with Ubuntu 14.04. I'm used to it now. I've used XFCE and it's okay too."
Aleksandar Todorović : "I used KDE for quite a while, but now I can't imagine myself using anything but the elementary's Pantheon DE. Unfortunately, elementary's team doesn't have enough resources to port it to other Linux distributions."
Jason van Gumster: "I periodically cycle through desktop environments and window managers, but I keep finding myself coming back to Enlightenment."
Emmy: "I use i3 with XFCE + GNOME daemons because it's super light and quick to navigate around."
Forkoff: "Mate, Mate, Mate. Because Gnome went rogue. But XFCE works too."
Justin Passant: "Gave Gnome a chance this weekend. It is very limited and, more importantly, limiting. Some options have to be changed with a registry-like editor (gconf IIRC) and some options get a stern warning to be not used (like not raising a window when clicking inside). Amazingly, one cannot read the warning itself in its entirety, because it won't fit on the screen, the window cannot be movet (no Alt-mouse dragging) and resizing the window "reflows" the content, keeping it hidden.
I found that even the medium-sized Xfce is way better than Gnome in configurability. Xfce's Thunar and LXDE's PCManFM cannot do "rubber band selection" as well as Dolphin or Konqueror (didn't test Gnome about this). Every person is different and I concluded Gnome has low usability for me. Xfce is good substitute for when KDE is not possible; LXDE version 5 (the last one IIRC) is also usable, but requires some text config file editing.
One major problem I have with KDE (and possibly other DEs are no exception) is how to export personal configuration when updating or installing Linux on another machine. I would like this to be somewhat comfortable like using a pendrive or a cloud service to store profiles for me, for my wife, for kids and for seniors (all of which have different needs)."
NielsK: "I use i3 and like it. Before that Gnome and Cinnamon were probably my favorites."
If you aren't sure which desktop suits your fancy, check out Lifehacker's overview of some of the top Linux desktop environments:
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:
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